In its second recall in less than a month, electric carmaker Rivian is recalling 30 of its all-electric R1S SUVs in the U.S. due to side-curtain air bag issues. An official report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the electric automaker has recalled certain R1S SUVs for the 2022-2023 model years to address a potential issue involving side curtain air bags, which are The air bag may not be properly secured to the roof rails.
Improperly secured side air curtains increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of an accident, as the side air bags may not perform at their optimal performance, the report said.
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The report said the defect in the affected Rivian R1S SUV was discovered on February 16 this year. It also noted that the EV in question was produced at the automaker’s Normal plant between October 28 last year and January 21 this year. Afterwards, the automaker discontinued production of the R1S electric SUV with the suspected fastener.
Rivian reportedly began reaching out to customers of the affected R1S SUV earlier this month. The NHTSA report said the affected EVs would be inspected and then service technicians would then properly secure the side curtain airbags. If certain components need to be replaced, EV manufacturers will replace them for free, the report said.
Additionally, the automaker will reportedly compensate owners who have fixed their problems and paid themselves. “Rivian has a policy and practice of compensating owners who have paid for repairs that have subsequently been the subject of on-site action. To ensure consistency, Rivian will require customers to include original receipts and/or other adequate Proof of payment is sent to the company to confirm the charge,” the report said.
This is the second airbag-related recall issued by the electric automaker in the past month, with the previous recall potentially affecting nearly 13,000 vehicles, including the R1T pickup and R1S SUV. The recall was issued due to a malfunctioning sensor in the front passenger seat belt system of the affected vehicles.
First published date: March 19, 2023, 10:08 AM CST