The Irvine-based startup Rivian Automotive has issued its first recall, alerting the government that several hundred 2022 R1T trucks could have a bad airbag trigger in the front passenger seat.
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric vehicle maker said the system that controls the airbag “may not deactivate … when a child or child seat occupies the front passenger seat.”
If an airbag did deploy, Rivian stated, “a child in the front seat may be at a greater risk of injury.”
The company said its service centers will replace the front passenger seat, free of charge. The company said 502 trucks were among the recall.
Letters to owners should be mailed by July 1, Rivian said. R1T owners also can call Rivian customer service at 1-734-855-4345.
The Rivian recall ID number is FSAM-651.
Truck owners also can contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to nhtsa.gov.
Rivian’s shares are down 80% this year as investors grow nervous about the company’s prospects. Its share price rose 18% Thursday, a day after quarterly results largely met forecasts.