Plymouth, MI – October 25, 2022 – Rivian (NYSE:RIVN), an electric vehicle company founded in 2009, is issuing a recall for 12,212 vehicles over improperly tightened steering fasteners on the wheels. These could affect the vehicle’s maneuverability, resulting in a higher risk of an accident.
The recall covers the following models:
- 2022 Rivian R1T pickup truck
- 2022 Rivian R1S SUV
- 2022 Rivian EDV delivery vehicle
The 2022 model year was the first for the company, and nearly all vehicles produced by Rivian so far are affected by this recall.
The vehicle’s steering system uses steering knuckles that allow the wheels to turn when the steering wheel is rotated left or right. The knuckles are connected to the vehicle’s frame by a part called the front upper control arm. A bolt called the steering knuckle fastener joins these two components to ensure that the vehicle’s steering remains within the proper angles
If the fastener comes loose from the steering assembly, the front wheel could end up being misaligned or even separated from the vehicle. This could make the driver lose steering control of the vehicle, resulting in an accident.
Drivers of the affected vehicles may observe higher than normal noise, vibration and harshness coming from the front suspension. They might also notice changes in steering feel or performance.
To address this Rivian steering issue, dealers will inspect the steering system on the affected vehicles and adequately tighten the knuckle fasteners. They will also replace steering components as necessary. There will be no charge for these repairs, and Rivian will reimburse owners who have had such repairs made prior to the recall announcement.
Affected owners will be notified on or around November 24, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
More than 12,000 vehicles are affected by this Rivian steering recall. To see if your vehicle is included, run a Rivian recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.