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Rivian Recalls 500 EV Pickups Due to Airbag Defect

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May 18, 2022—Rivian has issued a voluntary recall on 500 R1T electric pickups due to an issue with a sensor that controls the airbags.

According to a report from The Detroit News, the defect could cause the airbag to "improperly deploy when a child is in the front passenger seat." The recall affects around 10 percent of the nearly 5,000 R1T pickups the automaker has produced to date.

“Rivian has determined that on certain R1T vehicles, the front passenger seat may not deactivate the front passenger air bag as required if a child seat or child is in that seat,” Rivian spokesperson Peebles Squire said in an emailed statement Thursday per the report. “In the event of a crash which deploys the front passenger air bag, a seat with this improper calibration may increase the risk of injury for any child or child seat occupant sitting in the seat.”

Rivian is currently notifying customers and will replace the defect at no cost.

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