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More Subaru Ascent Recall Details; Affected Vehicles Will Be Destroyed

Subaru of America is recalling the new 2019 Subaru Ascent for missing spot welds. Affected vehicles will be destroyed.

When Torque News first broke the story about the new Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler being recalled for missing spot welds, we didn’t know the affected vehicles would be destroyed. The missing welds on the B-pillar holding the second door hinges will not be able to be fixed at the dealer or factory.

According to a report by Consumer Reports, the welds were missed because of improper software programming for the welding robots on the assembly line at the Subaru Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Is your new vehicle at risk?

Only one percent are affected

If you purchased a new Subaru Ascent, there’s only a one percent chance your all-wheel-drive model is affected. A Subaru spokesperson told Consumer Reports they only sold nine Ascents to customers with this problem. The rest were still sitting on dealers lots or in transit when the Japanese automaker discovered the issue in July.

The affected vehicles will be destroyed

The company's documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, ”All potentially affected vehicles will be inspected by an SIA factory representative, and if the vehicle is missing any spot welds, the vehicle will be replaced with a new one. There is no physical remedy available; therefore, any vehicles found with missing welds will be destroyed.”

This is an unusual situation and there are no other automobile recalls involving total vehicle replacement and destroying the car. Because of the missing spot welds, the new 2019 Subaru Ascent vehicles being recalled, would have to be dismantled completely and put back on the assembly line which is impossible to do.

Subaru Corp, who owns SIA, invested $140.2 million in new machinery and equipment in addition to the $400 million expansion in order to build the new Ascent family hauler. The plant improvements are also going to increase production capacity by nearly 100,000 units annually to meet the growing demand for Subaru vehicles in North America.

Subaru also builds the Outback wagon, Legacy sedan, Impreza sedan and 5-Door, and now the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler at the Lafayette, Indiana plant. Subaru has already made the proper repairs to the Ascent welding robots to get the family haulers back online.

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Richard Joash Tan (not verified)    August 22, 2018 - 1:07AM

In reply to by Digital Doc (not verified)

And that's where you are wrong. This IS the TRUE objective proof that Subaru is making it right again no matter what naysayers like YOU say. and That is why I will buy a Subaru car anyway.

Ed B (not verified)    August 23, 2018 - 10:35AM

Please keep in mind this problem only impacted 1% of the Ascents leaving the factory. Subaru got on the issue quickly, made the call to replace the units with new ones for the affected customers and did a good job of PR. I applaud their efforts and give credit where credit is due...