Lucid Recalls a Handful of Air Sedans for Potential Loss of Power

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Lucid makes some of the most impressive and powerful EVs, but they aren’t immune to recalls. In fact, the automaker has racked up four such actions on its debut sedan, the Air. The latest has to do with the electric motor contactors, which can open unexpectedly and cause the vehicle to lose power without warning.

Though it sounds serious, the issue only affects 259 vehicles. The component was manufactured by a Lucid supplier called Sensata Technologies. The automaker and supplier determined that the spring force may overcome the magnetic closure force in a small number of the electrically activated switches, causing the contactor to open. Even with the defect, many contactors operate normally, but the automaker’s remote diagnostics showed more than 230 vehicles with at-risk components.

Unfortunately, there’s no warning when the contactor opens unexpectedly, which could lead to a sudden loss of propulsion and an accident. The good news is that the vehicle displays, steering, and brakes will continue to operate, as they don’t rely on the high-voltage system.

Rivian will replace the component for free and said it would reimburse reasonable expenses related to the recalled contactor. Even so, the automaker’s service centers are few and far between, so it’s unclear how the process will work for buyers in far-away locations.  

[Image: Lucid]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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