Rivian recalls 13,000 EVs due to potential steering control problem

Rivian has informed customers that it is recalling 13,000 electric vehicles — or almost all electric trucks and SUVs ever delivered — due to an issue that could result in drivers being unable to steer and control their vehicles. The company issued the recall after becoming aware of seven reports that a fastener connecting the steering knuckle to the vehicle’s upper control arm “may not have been adequately torqued,” according to the report Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.

In the letter sent to customers, Chief Executive Officer RJ Scaringe said the company was recalling vehicles “out of caution” despite the small number of reported defects. He said the fastener could work loose in “rare circumstances” and lead to loss of steering control, but no injuries linked to the problem had been reported.

Rivian currently offers two models, the R1T truck and the R1S SUV, but also makes electric delivery trucks at its Normal, Illinois factory for its minority owner Amazon. As with most players in the auto and tech industries, global supply chain issues have impacted production capacity in recent years. It even attempted to raise the price of its R1T pickup truck by $12,000 due to inflation and component shortages earlier this year, though it quickly reversed the decision after customer backlash.

In July 2022, the automaker reported that it nearly doubled its production output in the second quarter of the year compared to the first to 4,401 vehicles. That’s a fraction of the output of other automakers — rival Tesla, for example, made 258,580 electric vehicles over the same period — but it’s a positive step toward its goal of producing 25,000 vehicles by 2022.

This recall is not expected to prevent the company from meeting that goal, and the automaker hopes to review all affected vehicles within 30 days. Rivian told customers they can take their vehicles to service centers to have the fasteners in their vehicles tightened in minutes. The company also said it can send mobile repair trucks to customers. Those experiencing possible symptoms of the problem, such as B. Noise and vibration should look at this option.

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