Rivian R1T plant


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Electric-vehicle manufacturer Rivian Automotive has recalled more than 12,000 pickups and SUVs, almost the entirety of the 15,300 vehicles that have rolled off its assembly lines since it started production in 2021. 

The problem is with a potentially loose front suspension fastener that can affect the alignment of the front wheels, changing the feel of steering while on the road. In rare instances, the fastener could come off completely, leading to a total loss of steering control. Rivian received seven reports related to a nut that wasn't "sufficiently torqued," according to the company. No injuries associated with the loose nut have been reported. 

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The recall includes every R1T pickup and R1S SUV manufactured through late September 2022, along with some of Amazon's electric vans, which Rivian started delivering to the retail giant last summer. Overall, the manufacturer estimates that only about 1% of its vehicles have the defect. 

Shares of Rivian Automotive, which went public in November 2021, dropped more than 10% during the day on Monday, Oct. 10, and ended the day down about 7% due to the recall announcement. Despite any Wall Street woes, many Rivian owners on social media are finding the recall pretty easy to deal with. 

The recall is Rivian's second this year. The first, in May, affected about 500 R1T pickup trucks with faulty airbags that may go off when a child is in the passenger seat. 

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