IRVINE, Calif. — Electrical truck and SUV maker Rivian Automotive mentioned Friday it’s recalling virtually all of the automobiles it has delivered to prospects with a view to tighten a free fastener that would doubtlessly have an effect on drivers’ means to steer.
The corporate, which was based in 2009, mentioned it’s recalling about 13,000 automobiles as a result of a fastener connecting the automobiles’ entrance upper-control arm and steering knuckle will not be torqued sufficient.
There have been seven stories doubtlessly associated to the problem, however no accidents have been reported, Rivian mentioned.
“In case you expertise extreme noise, vibration or harshness from the entrance suspension, or a change in steering efficiency or really feel, it’s best to name instantly,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe wrote in a letter to automobile homeowners.
The corporate based mostly in Irvine, California, mentioned the repair would solely take a couple of minutes, and it expects to have completed the repairs on all of them in about 30 days, with buyer collaboration.
Rivian is aiming to make the most of a rising urge for food amongst shoppers and traders for electrical automobiles. It’s amongst a protracted line of corporations, each new and previous, making an attempt to peel away market share from Tesla.
It went public final yr, and its market worth rapidly soared previous that of Ford and Basic Motors to change into the second-most helpful U.S. automaker behind Tesla. However that’s now not the case: The corporate’s inventory is down 67% to date this yr.
Final month, Rivian mentioned it was partnering with Mercedes-Benz to construct a manufacturing unit in Europe that may produce electrical vans for each corporations.