Rivian launches major recall for the R1S & R1T
US start-up Rivian is recalling 12,716 of its electric cars. A defective sensor in the seatbelt assembly could cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event. The recalled vehicles were produced between 10 September 2021 and 15 September 2022.
The fact that officially vehicles with a production date of September 10, 2021 or later are affected means nothing less than that all Rivians produced by September 15, 2022 are at issue, because official production of customer vehicles has only been underway since mid-September 2021.
Fortunately, no injuries related to the problem have been reported so far. In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the carmaker states that they received components with sensors “that were dimensionally out of tolerance” from supplier Autoliv. This could result in the sensor not reliably detecting whether the passenger seat is occupied or not – in case of doubt, the airbag would then not be triggered in the event of an accident.
To remedy the situation, Rivian plans to contact customers from 8 April and, if necessary, inspect and replace components of the seat belt system.