Rivian’s First Recall: Airbags May Not Disable for Kids in R1T Trucks

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Rivian recalled 502 R1T electric pickups due to sensors in the front passenger seat not disabling the airbag when a child is present, according to Automotive News.

The recall is Rivian’s first safety recall, and the automaker said on Tuesday that the occupant system hadn’t been properly calibrated.

In the report, Rivian wrote, “The customer may be made aware of the status of the passenger restraint system by the illumination, or lack thereof, of the ‘passenger airbag off’ lamp in the lower corner of the center display.” Rivian continued, “In some circumstances, the passenger seat belt notification may chime when the seat is empty.”

Rivian plans to fix the problem by replacing the passenger seats with those that are “properly built and calibrated,” as noted in the report.

The seats were supplied by Hyundai Transys Michigan in Farmington Hills. Rivian says it isn’t aware of injuries or accidents resulting from the problem.

Customers affected by the issue will be notified via text, email or an in-vehicle message that they shouldn’t keep children in the passenger seat until the issue is resolved.

In this year’s first quarter, Rivian delivered 1,227 vehicles total and lost a total of $1.59 billion in revenue, though it also announced a new pre-order system to hedge against inflation and supply chain issues.

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