Rivian recalls nearly 13,000 electric vehicles for loose fixing

Rivian is recalling 12,212 electric vehicles (EVs) for a loose fastener that could affect drivers’ ability to control the car (via CNBC). The recall affects nearly every vehicle Rivian has produced this year and spans the automaker’s entire lineup, covering some 2022 R1T pickup trucks, R1S SUVs, as well as electric delivery vans (EDVs) it builds for Amazon. Rivian produced a total of 14,317 vehicles in the first three quarters of 2022 and delivered more than 12,000.

According to a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fastener connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle may not have been “tightened enough.” This could potentially lead to separation, “causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash”. The safety report indicates that drivers of affected vehicles may notice excessive noise, vibration, harshness of the front suspension and a change in steering performance or feel.

“It is important not to downplay the potential risks involved and why we are volunteering to perform this recall,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe wrote in an email to customers seen by CNBC. “In rare circumstances, the nut may loosen completely. I want to reiterate that this is extremely rare, but it reinforces why we are acting with such urgency and caution. »

Rivian issued the recall after investigating seven reports related to the defect, none of which involved injuries. The EV maker says it will properly secure steering knuckle fasteners in recalled vehicles at no additional cost. This is Rivian’s second recall this year, with the company recalling around 500 R1T electric vans in May due to a faulty airbag system that may not deactivate upon detection of a child in the driver’s seat. front passenger.

Update from October 8 at 11:26: Updated title and text to clarify that the recall affects over 12,000 vehicles.


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