Rivian is recalling over 500 R1T electric pick up trucks due to a defective safety feature that might injure children in a crash.
According to the recall document posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, 502 R1Ts produced between September 21, 2021 and April 12, 2022 were built with a defective Occupant Classification System (OCS).
Regulations require that new vehicles deactivate the front airbags when a child or child seat is in the front passenger seat. Rivian says that due to a defect during supplier manufacturing of the seats, the OCS does not function properly in the subject vehicles, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a collision in which the airbags are deployed.
To correct the issue, Rivian will replace the front passenger seats in the subject vehicles free of charge.
The recall notice explains Rivian discovered the issue themselves and were able to determine which vehicles were affected using “supplier’s seat manufacturing records, seat calibration data, and Rivian component traceability information. The automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries as a result of the defect.
Owners will be notifying impacted owners as soon as possible through email, texts, and in-vehicle messaging.
Yesterday Rivian announced its Q1 2022 results. The automaker was able to produce over 2,500 vehicles in the three month period, but recorded a net loss of $1.6 billion. The company also revealed a new order process that leaves customers vulnerable to future price changes.
You can read the full recall notice below.RCLRPT-22V319-1723