Cross-threaded bolt may loosen Rivian seatbelt

Rivian is recalling a small number of R1T electric pickup trucks and R1S electric SUVs due to a seatbelt issue.

198 R1Ts and 9 R1Ss built between January 28 and August 8, 2022 will need repairs. NHTSA papers say the problem affects 98% of the 207 recalled vehicles.

The problem is a cross-threaded bolt in the driver's and/or front passenger's seatbelt height adjuster. On July 12, a vehicle's height adjustment wasn't properly attached to the B-pillar at the plant.

Cross-threaded bolts may not secure the seatbelt over the driver or passenger's shoulder. In a collision, the seatbelt becomes a key piece of safety equipment.

According to the IIHS, nearly half of the drivers and front seat passengers killed in auto accidents in 2019 were unbuckled. Despite the fact that most Americans use seatbelts, this shows the life-saving potential of a properly operating seatbelt.

Rivian is unaware of any associated accidents or injuries. The company will contact customers on October 14 and inspect height adjusters, replacing fasteners as needed to secure the belt to the B-pillar.

Vehicles produced after August 8 won't have the suspicious seatbelt assembly anchorage installation, hence they won't have this fault.