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Rivian calls for recall for R1T electric truck due to faulty airbag sensors

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Rivian is recalling some of its R1T electric pickup trucks due to faulty airbag systems, according to a message filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The vehicle’s sensors in the front seat may not disable the airbag when a child is in the front passenger seat, necessitating the recall.

The recall affects 502 model year 2022 R1T trucks produced from September 21, 2021 through April 12, 2022. It is the first recall from the bustling electric vehicle company.

In a recall report filed with the NHTSA this week, Rivian says the “Occupant Classification System (OCS) may not deactivate the airbag when an infant or child seat is in the front passenger seat.” Federal motor vehicle safety standards require vehicles to deactivate the front airbag when a child is in the passenger seat to avoid injury.

The company yesterday reported its first quarter 2022 results, revealing that it has shipped 1,227 vehicles to customers, bringing the total number of deliveries to 2,148 vehicles. Assuming all those deliveries are R1T trucks, the recall will cover about 23 percent of the vehicles delivered.

Rivian says it will replace the front passenger seats for the affected trucks being taken to the company’s service centers. There are currently 20 such service centers in the US. The seats are supplied by Hyundai Transys Michigan of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

A Rivian spokesperson said no injuries were reported in connection with this recall. “We are contacting those with affected Rivian vehicles and they will receive a replacement passenger seat free of charge at a Rivian service center,” the spokesperson said. “In the meantime, infants and children should not be placed in the front passenger seat of the affected Rivian vehicles until the front passenger seat replacement is completed.”

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