Electric vehicle recall: Rivian Automotive’s loose tether problem

IRVINE, Calif. –

Electric van and SUV maker Rivian Automotive said Friday that it is recalling nearly all vehicles it has delivered to customers to tighten loose tethers that can affect drivability. of the driver.

The company, which was founded in 2009, says it is recalling about 13,000 vehicles because the tether that connects the front upper control arm and the car’s steering knuckle may not be strong enough.

There have been seven reports potentially related to the problem, but no injuries have been reported, Rivian said.

“If you experience excessive noise, vibration or harshness from the front suspension, or changes in performance or steering feel, you should call immediately,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe wrote in a letter to owners. car.

The Irvine, California-based company says repairs will take just a few minutes, and it hopes to complete the repair of all of them in about 30 days, with customer collaboration.

Rivian is aiming to capitalize on the growing appetite of consumers and investors for electric vehicles. It is among a long line of companies, both new and old, trying to separate market share from Tesla.

It went public last year, and its market value quickly surpassed Ford and General Motors to become the second most valuable American automaker behind Tesla. But that’s no longer the case: The company’s stock is down 67% so far this year.

Last month, Rivian said it was working with Mercedes-Benz to build a plant in Europe to produce electric trucks for both companies.


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