This week, Rivian issued its first recall for the popular new R1T electric truck over a critical safety issue that has affected over 500 vehicles. According to the NHTSAdefective airbag sensors may not be deactivated when a child is in the front passenger seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests the malfunctioning airbag system could hurt children in a crash, which is obviously not a good thing. The recall includes 502 R1T trucks manufactured between September 21, 2021 and April 12, 2022.
Unlike Tesla, which often has “software recalls” that can be easily fixed via an over-the-air software update, this is a traditional physical recall. As a result, owners must take their shiny new adventure vehicle to a Rivian Service Center for a replacement part.
According to the new startup EV company “We are contacting those with affected Rivian vehicles and they will receive a passenger seat replacement free of charge at a Rivian service center. In the meantime, infants and children should not be placed in the passenger seat of affected Rivian vehicles until a passenger seat replacement is complete.”
Rivian will replace the passenger seat and sensors in all vehicles affected by the recall. The company has about 20 service centers across the US, and you can find your nearest center on the Rivian website or Rivian app.
The company hasn’t reported any injuries so far, but they still want to have the sensor replaced as soon as possible. You can also call the Rivian Service Support Team at (855) RIVIAN5.
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