Rivian Automotive Recalls 12K Vehicles; R1T Pickup, R1S SUV, Electric Delivery Van

 Rivian Automotive Recalls 12K Vehicles; R1T Pickup, R1S SUV, Electric Delivery Van

Rivian Automotive issued a recall for more than 12,000 vehicles including the popular R1T pickup truck, the R1S SUV and the EDV (electric delivery van).

The recall aims to fix an improperly secured fastener in the front suspension and it covers roughly all of Rivian’s electric vehicle production run, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the NHTSA, there are no collisions involved from this defect, but the issue may lead to front suspension noise, a rough ride and the driver could lose the ability to steer the vehicle.

The Michigan-based automaker plans to recall a total of 12,212 electric vehicles after it first discovered a single vehicle with the problem back in August 2022. A month later in September, Rivian had several vehicles with the same problem.

The NHTSA stated that Rivian will notify customers with vehicles subject to the recall by email and text messages on or before November 24th, 2022.

What is Causing the Recall?

Rivian has learned that “a nut connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle may not have been sufficiently torqued.” It appears that this may lead to “excessive wheel camber, or, in rare instances, a separation, affecting the driver’s ability to control the vehicle, and increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA report.

Rivian, which sells its vehicles for above $73,000, acknowledges this problem could create noise in the front suspension and a rougher ride for owners of the affected vehicles.

Additionally, these approximately 12,000 recalled vehicles account for roughly the entire 2022 production run of 14,317 electric vehicle pickups, SUVs and delivery vans through the end of the third quarter.

This is not the first recall for Rivian. The auto brand previously issued a recall for its faulty airbag sensor as well as an improperly bolted seat-belt anchor.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson

Did you purchase a Rivian electric vehicle with a major safety issue? If so, and your vehicle is still under the original factory warranty, you may have a lemon law claim. Also, any vehicle that is in the shop for 30 days or more may have a cause for legal action.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.

Also, we recommend that you obtain an invoice for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 1-800-235-6801.

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