Rivian is recalling about 13,000 electric vehicles (EVs) due to a loose closure that could affect drivers’ ability to drive the car (via CNBC). The recall affects nearly every vehicle Rivian has produced this year and spans the automaker’s entire lineup, including select 2022 R1T pickups, R1S SUVs and the electric 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 message filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fastener connecting the front upper wishbone and steering knuckle may not be “sufficiently tightened.” This could potentially lead to separation, “causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.” The safety report says drivers with affected vehicles may notice excessive noise, vibration, front suspension harshness and a change in steering performance or feel.
“It is important not to minimize the potential risks and why we are volunteering to implement this recall,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe wrote in an email to customers viewed by CNBC. “In rare cases, the nut can become completely loose. I want to reiterate that this is extremely rare, but it does confirm why we are acting with such urgency and prudence.”
Rivian issued the recall after examining seven reports of the malfunction, none of which involved injuries. The EV maker says it will properly tighten the knuckle mountings in the vehicles affected by the recall at no additional cost. This is Rivian’s second recall this year, with the company recalling approximately 500 R1T electric pickups in May due to a faulty airbag system that may not turn off when a child is detected in the front passenger seat.