Automobile company Rivian recalls R1T pickups and R1S SUVs over a potential crash risk. The maker of electric trucks, vans, and sport-utes says a loose fastener could directly affect the ability of a driver to control the vehicle.
Automobile Company Rivian Recalls R1T Pickups and R1S SUVs
Rivian automotive an electric vehicle-making company has just recently issued a recall of its R1T pickups, R1S sport-utility vehicles, and EDV delivery vans over a problem that could well increase the risk of drivers crashing. The recall as you should know covers close to all the vehicles that the company has delivered to customers as per reports although the company says that only a tiny percentage of those may be affected actually by an issue that involves a potentially loose fastener.
Rivian has stated that a loose nut could affect the ability of drivers to steer and that owners should have their vehicles inspected and that if necessary they should have the fastener tightened.
CEO of Rivian’s Letter to Car Owners
A letter to owners of the company’s vehicle from the CEO of Rivian, RJ Scaringe reads: “If you experience excessive noise, vibration or harshness from the front suspension, or a change in steering performance or feel, you should call immediately.”
Up to 13,000 vehicles were affected by the recall as per a Saturday report by the Associated Press. Rivian states that seven reports that are potentially related to the problem have been sighted already with no reported injuries.
The Company Expects To Have All the Repairs Finished In 30 Days
The fix to the problem takes up only a few minutes of your time and the company expects to have all the repairs finished in 30 days.
A Notice was posted on the Support Center Section of Rivian’s Website
A notice on the support center section of Rivian’s website reads: “An insufficiently torqued steering knuckle fastener could cause 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.”
The notice cites that Rivian will offer customers free “Mobile Service appointments, no appointment needed visits to Rivian Service Centers or pop-up service locations, and prioritized appointments at Rivian Service Centers” in order to address the issue.
Rivian Announced That It Will Be Entering an E-Van Partnership with Mercedes-Benz
Startup Rivian is responsible for making the R1S SUV and R1T pickup. The company also manufactures a delivery van that is developed with amazon and it is also announced that it will be entering an e-van partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
In regards to the e-pickup of Rivian, Tim Stevens of CNET said “While it’s hard to doubt that the Ford F-150 Lightning is the most significant electric truck of the moment — outside of the hyperbolic (and still nonexistent) Tesla Cybertruck — it’s the Rivian R1T that seems to have captured the hearts and minds of most would-be EV truckers.” The same thing has also been noticed by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
Last year, Rivian went public and its market value quickly spiked, the AP noted. But the stock of the company so far this very year is nearly 70% down.