Rivian is recalling some of its R1T electric pickup trucks due to a faulty airbag system, according to a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicle sensors on the front seat may fail to turn off the airbags when a child occupies the front passenger seat, necessitating a recall.
The recall covers 502 model year 2022 R1T trucks manufactured from September 21, 2021 to April 12, 2022. This is the first recall issued by the bustling electric car company.
In a recall report filed with NHTSA this week, Rivian said “the occupant classification system (OCS) may not deactivate the airbag when a child or child seat occupies the front passenger seat.” Federal motor vehicle safety standards require vehicles Deactivate the front airbags when a child is in the passenger seat to prevent injury.
The company released its earnings for the first quarter of 2022 yesterday, revealing that it had shipped 1,227 vehicles to customers, bringing total deliveries to 2,148. Assuming all these deliveries are R1T trucks, the recall covers approximately 23% of the vehicles delivered.
Rivian said it will replace the front passenger seats of affected trucks brought to the company’s service centers. There are currently 20 such service centers in the United States. Seats are provided by Hyundai Transys Michigan of Farmington Hills, Michigan.
A Rivian spokesman said there were no reports of injuries related to the recall. “We are contacting those using affected Rivian vehicles who will have their passenger seat replaced at a Rivian Service Centre free of charge,” the spokesperson said. “In the meantime, infants and children are not allowed to be seated until the front passenger seat replacement is complete. Should be placed in the front passenger seat of the affected Rivian vehicle.”