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Subaru Ascent Is Now Recalled For Two Separate Issues - Complete Details

The 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent is now involved in two separate recalls. Get the complete details here.

The 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent models have been recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Subaru of America for two separate issues involving the 3-Row family hauler.

The first Ascent recall is for a defective drive chain that may break, causing loss of power. The number of potentially affected Ascent vehicles is 160,941. Here are the complete details.

2019-2020 Subaru Ascent recalls

Subaru and the NHTSA have recalled the 2019-2020 Ascent and the 2020 Subaru Outback, and 2020 Legacy for a defective drive chain. The NHTSA says the drive chain may break, causing a loss of drive power and could result in an accident. The Ascent uses the new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and the Outback XT and Legacy XT trim levels.

The second recall for the 2020 Subaru Ascent models is for tie rods that may separate from the housing, causing a loss of steering and could result in an accident. The potential number of vehicles affected is 1,305 models.

2019-2020 Subaru Ascent recalls

What is the problem?

Due to an incorrect tapered hole in the housing, the front tie rod ends may not fit properly. The improper fit can result in the tie rods and housings being deformed during assembly and service replacement if excessive torque is applied.

Other 20219-2020 Ascent recalls

The 2019 Subaru Ascent now has eight recalls, and the 2020 Ascent models now have four recalls. Some previous recalls involve the automatic transmission, the driveshaft, missing spot welds, and fuel pump failure. You can get more Ascent recall details here.

What should Ascent owners do for the two new recalls?

Subaru retailers will replace the left and right front tie rod ends and housings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 7, 2022. 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for the first recall is WRK-21. Subaru's number for the second recall is WRL-21.

Owners can also check Subaru's VIN, lookup tool, and check for the latest updates.

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Wally White (not verified)    December 21, 2021 - 1:15AM

My wife was killed in an auto accident in May 2021 while driving her 2019 Subaru Ascent. During the police investigation/accident reconstruction, the Missouri State Pollice asked Subaru to unlock their "black box" with all the car info for the past 30 minutes. Subaru refused and to this day have offered no reason for not unlocking the black box. Sounds very suspicious to me.

Oliver (not verified)    April 18, 2023 - 8:12PM

In reply to by Wally White (not verified)

Very sorry for your loss Wally. Were there skid marks on the ground? My 2019 Subaru Ascent locked up its wheels and slid down a wet, 60mph, undivided highway with no warning at all. Almost killed my entire family with loaded logging trucks barreling by us.
I think you may have had a similar issue.
Could you contact me?
Thank you,

Shaun (not verified)    February 12, 2022 - 9:10AM

I love my Ascent but these constant transmission recalls have me concerned about future issues past my warranty time. I know they will give a grace period but I feel like this is going to bite me in the ass in the future.

Leo Cousineau (not verified)    April 20, 2022 - 2:23PM

My wife Subaru Ascent 2019 64,000 miles left her with an incapacitated vehicle in the wilderness,eventually made it to a dealer who diagnosed a transmission head failure who said it not related to the chain recall (not repaired yet dealer does not have the parts). Wonder about the not related and if anyone else had the same issue

Leo (not verified)    April 26, 2022 - 9:08PM

Addendum to 22/04/2022
The dealer the Ascent ready to last Friday. My drove the car 2 miles and went dead at 4 lane highway…..Contacted SOA and the dealer says it is the transmission main valve …the saga continues wonder what we should expect next ….

Lisa M Lye (not verified)    May 9, 2022 - 8:49PM

I'm having trouble with my 2020 Ascent. It hesitates and squeaks while I'm driving. The dealer said they can't find anything wrong with it and that it may have something to do with the recall that they don't have a solution for at this time.

Krista Elsenpe… (not verified)    August 4, 2022 - 7:58PM

In reply to by Lisa M Lye (not verified)

I just had my 2020 Ascent in for a recall transmission update and ended up needing a new transmission. Wondering if anything else will go wrong? Should I trade it in?

Leo Cousineau (not verified)    May 18, 2022 - 5:40PM

The mileage was 61000, the transmission was replaced and after 250 miles on that transmission power was lost again contacted SOA. They promised a call tomorrow morning 19 May 2022 . This is the 4th lost of power and a month without the Ascent. So it goes.

Leo Cousineau (not verified)    July 22, 2022 - 10:14AM

SOA and Gateway Subaru came through and got us a new Outback XT 2022 (my wife choice )at a very decent price. Hat’s off to them!