Rivian Recalls Nearly Every Vehicle Due To Loose Bolt

In a major recall affecting nearly every vehicle it has ever delivered, California-based EV manufacturer Rivian wants to fix a loose fastener on models that it says may pose a safety risk.

The Friday announcement comes as the struggling automaker deals with yet another blow. This time it’s a faulty fastener that may not have been “sufficiently torqued” in some vehicles and could cause the driver to lose control of steering.

In an email to its customers, Rivian said it is “committed to fixing this issue on any affected vehicles as quickly as possible.” It said it will begin contacting owners for inspections and repairs if needed.

It added that the repairs are free and can be finished in “a few minutes.” There have been no injuries reported due to the defect.

The recall came after the issue was found that a fastener connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle may be loose in some vehicles.

The manufacturer says it has produced 14,317 vehicles so far this year.

This action comes after Rivian also recalled some 500 2022 R1T electric pickup trucks due to airbags for the front passenger seat possibly not deactivating when a child is seated there.

The electric vehicle manufacturer, which is heavily backed by Amazon, has had a tough time getting traction in positioning itself as a domestic rival to Tesla.

Costs have soared in no small part to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and supply chain issues brought on by the pandemic. Losses for the EV startup tripled to $1.71 billion in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $580 million in the first quarter.

Plus, the company recently surprised its customers by canceling the R1T, which was its entry-level, or more affordable version of its electric pickup. The company announced in an email that in order to maximize deliveries the less expensive package was being mothballed.

Less expensive is a relative concept, as the “entry-level” Explore Package started at $67,500. With larger batteries and a quad-motor, the cheaper version quickly rose to $84,500.