- The automaker said the fix would only take a few minutes
- Rivian began deliveries of its first EV in late 2021
- The company is encouraging customers to take their EVs to their nearest dealerships for more details
American EV maker Rivian announced a recall of around 13,000 EVs (R1S and R1T models) due to a loose fastener which could hamper the cars’ steering performance. In a letter addressed to Rivian EV owners, company CEO RJ Scaringe said, “If you experience excessive noise, vibration or harshness from the front suspension, or a change in steering performance or feel, you should call immediately.”
The fastener in question is responsible for establishing a connection between the front upper control arm of the car and the steering knuckle. While no casualties or injuries have been reported so far, Rivian clearly wants to get on top of the issue before it becomes widespread. Fortunately for the company, the scale of the recall is somewhat smaller as compared to some automobile recalls we’ve seen in the past.
Rivian started operations in 2009, although the company’s first EV, the R1T, only started reaching American consumers by late 2021. The automaker spent the better part of the decade fine tuning its electric car concept and eventually commencing mass production.
As for Rivian EV owners currently facing this issue, the company says the remedy only takes a few minutes and requires a visit to their nearest Rivian dealership. Moreover, Rivian expects to fix all affected cars within a month, provided the customers bring their cars in for the much-needed repairs.
Largest car recall in history
The largest automotive recall in history occurred in 1981 when Ford Motor Company had to take back 21 million cars, impacted by a faulty parking gear that would shift the gear into reverse after the user had shifted into the parking gear. With over 6,000 accidents and 98 deaths reported, this was a disaster for Ford.