Subaru Announces Another New Ascent Family Hauler Recall This For A Transmission Defect
The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent his recalled for the second time in two days, this time over a possible automatic transmission defect. Torque News reported yesterday, the 2019 Ascent, Forester, and Crosstrek were being recalled for a defective PCV valve that could potentially cause engine failure.
Today’s announced recall affects 76,842 Ascent family haulers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the total number of 2019 models produced since it started production last year at the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana. The new Ascent is made for customers in North America and is not sold in any other global market.
2019 Subaru Ascent
What is the issue?
Subaru of America says the transmission hydraulic sensor may inaccurately measure the hydraulic fluid pressure, and the Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) chain may slip in Ascent 3-Row vehicles. If the chain slips there could be irregular noise, vibration, hesitation while driving, and/or a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) illumination. If driving under this condition continues, the vehicle may experience a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru estimates all 2019 Ascent models are affected by this CVT automatic transmission glitch. Subaru is aware of 241 dealer and non-dealer field report complaints, and 14 Vehicle Owner Questionnaires that have said they have experienced this transmission problem. Subaru says they are not aware of any cases involving crash or injury as a result of this condition.
Although the early warning symptoms appear to be detectable by the vehicle occupants prior to complete performance degradation, out of caution, Subaru decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. This recall will affect all models sold in the U.S. and Canada.
2019 Subaru Ascent family hauler
What should owners do?
Subaru of America will notify owners within 60 days, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control unit. The hydraulic sensor harness will be replaced on vehicles with certain stored diagnostic trouble codes. In addition, any vehicle confirmed to have experienced low drive chain tension will have the transmission assembly replaced. All repairs will be performed free of charge.
The new 2019 Subaru Ascent recall is expected to begin on January 24, 2020. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUV-07.
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