Given the aforementioned, Rivian had to immediately cancel the push. Two days later, it released version 2023.42.02 to the suspect vehicles to correct said concern. Somewhat curiously, the company determined that a safety-related condition exists related to this matter. Come November 19, all suspect vehicles had been remedied. In other words, the recall published by the federal watchdog is a bit pointless, although necessary due to current legislation. The same can be said about the federally mandated owner notifications via first-class mail, which are due no later than January 11, 2024.
Rivian says that it's not aware of any crashes or worse caused by diminished performance or inoperability of the defroster system. Affected vehicles, which are better described as previously affected vehicles, were assembled for the 2022 and 2023 model years at Rivian's production facility in Normal, Illinois.
Production dates range between November 12, 2021 and November 3, 2023 for the R1T pickup truck. As for the R1S three-row sport utility vehicle, make that May 25, 2022 all the way to October 5, 2023.
Detroit-based General Motors and the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon come to mind. Owners reported 12-volt battery drain due to a failed software update that left the infotainment system hanging, an issue that wouldn't have happened in the first place if General Motors hadn't given its mid-size trucks over-the-air software update capabilities.
Just under 10 million passenger vehicles were recalled in the United States market alone in 2022 due to software-related concerns. Approximately half of those required the software to be updated via OBD II by a service technician. The capability to remotely correct faulty software will save automakers a helluva lot of money, and the customers are certain to prefer it as well to the detriment of driving to the nearest dealership for both diagnosis and remedy.
The dark side of automobiles that are so reliant on software for vital functions such as the defroster/defogger system? The most straightforward answer is that you're at the mercy of the automakers for the fix. On that note, try to imagine what would happen with all the Teslas out there if Tesla were to go under tomorrow. Horrifying scenario, innit?