Irvine-based startup Rivian Automotive has issued its first recall notice, alerting the government to hundreds of 2022 R1T trucks that may have a bad airbag trigger on the front passenger seat.
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric-car maker said the system that controls the airbags “may not be deactivated when a child or child seat occupies the front passenger seat…”.
If the airbags do deploy, Rivian said, “children in the front seats may be at greater risk of injury.”
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The company said its service centers will replace the front passenger seat free of charge. The company said 502 trucks are covered by the recall.
Rivian said letters to owners should be mailed out by July 1. R1T owners can also call Rivian Customer Service at 1-734-855-4345.
Rivian’s recall ID number is FSAM-651.
Truck owners can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit nhtsa.gov.
Shares of Rivian have fallen 80% this year as investors fretted about the company’s prospects. Its shares rose 18% on Thursday, a day after quarterly results were largely in line with expectations.