Rivian remembers some R1T trucks for failing the child airbag

Rivian Automotive is recalling some of its electric pickups due to an airbag defect that could injure a child in an accident, according to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, dated Wednesday.

A total of 502 R1Ts are affected, about 10% of Rivian total vehicle production to date.

New vehicles sold in the United States must have a system that deactivates the passenger side airbag when a child or child seat occupies the front seat. Rivian said the system in some of its luxury R1T electric pickups may malfunction, putting a child in the front seat of an R1T at increased risk of injury in a collision.

Rivian Service Centers will replace front passenger seats in affected vehicles free of charge. Owners of the affected vehicles will receive letters by July 1, the company said. Meanwhile, R1T owners can check if their vehicle is affected by entering the vehicle identification number at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall site.