Subaru Ascent SUVs Recalled for Faulty Transmissions

Keith Barry

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Subaru is recalling 76,842 Ascent SUVs from the 2019 model year because a transmission problem could cause vehicles to hesitate or unexpectedly slow while driving.

The concern is because of a faulty pressure sensor within the transmission. The sensor could give a false reading that would cause the transmission to reduce hydraulic pressure, which could make the car slow or hesitate unexpectedly.

Drivers may also notice irregular noises, vibration while driving, and/or a warning light illuminating on the dashboard.

The automaker said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the recall problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2019 Subaru Ascent SUVs manufactured from Feb. 22, 2018, through May 7, 2019.

The problem: A faulty pressure sensor in the transmission could register a false reading, which would tell the transmission to reduce its hydraulic pressure when it should not be reduced.

The fix: Subaru will update the software in the transmissions of affected vehicles. The automaker will also replace any damaged parts free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Subaru will contact owners of affected vehicles by Jan. 24, 2020. Owners can also call Subaru at 844-373-6614. Subaru's own number for this recall is WUV-07.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V855

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.



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