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Noticed this TSB in July.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10163556-0001.pdf

The 2020 model year uses new subframe bolts (4) that are more rust resistant than prior years. Instructions in the TSB include the text, "If rust is identified on the original bolts, replace all 4 bolts with the new type as a set." This applies to 2014-2019 models.

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I took a look at mine and as expected they are rust free (haven't yet been through one of our salty winters). I have a free inspection coming up at the dealer and will see if they can swap these out as a "good will" gesture. If not, the bolts are easily accessible and it appears to be a simple matter to change them now versus a few years from now when rusted tight.

Has anyone yet done this? Thoughts?
 

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Checked the bolts on my 2015 and they look good. No rust. I may change them anyway to future proof and problems.
 
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