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Lucid Air Faces Dual Recalls Over Safety Concerns From Model Years 2022 To 2024

The First Recall Affects 5,251 Lucid Air EVs From 2022 And 2023 While The Second Recall Affects 7,506 Lucid Air EVs Between 2022 And 2024

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By Michael Phoon • July 10, 2024

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Lucid has issued two major recalls for its Air electric vehicle (EV), affecting thousands of units across multiple model years. The recalls address potential safety hazards related to unexpected power loss and windshield defrosting failures.

The first recall, affecting around 5,251 Lucid Air units from the 2022 and 2023 model years, derives from a software error that could cause a sudden loss of drive power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Lucid observed at least 10 instances of abrupt power loss due to a fault in the EV’s high-voltage system. While a rare issue with an estimated defect rate of just 0.2%, it still poses as a safety risk as it can occur while the EV is in motion.

As for the second recall, it involves around 7,506 Lucid Air units produced between 2022 and 2024. This second recall addresses a malfunction in the High Voltage Coolant Heater (HVCH) that could prevent proper defrosting of the windshield, potentially obstructing the driver’s vision and increasing the risk of a crash. As of now, Lucid identified at least 74 EVs affected by this issue, with an estimated defect rate of 1.2%.

In response to these safety concerns, Lucid has already released over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The power loss issue was addressed with an update on June 24, which modifies the High Voltage Interlock (HVIL) logic to prevent unexpected power loss while driving. For the defrosting issue, the software update now provides a warning to drivers upon HVCH failure.

Currently, Lucid reports that only 255 buyer EVs have yet to accept the new software for the defrosting issue, indicating that the majority of potentially affected vehicles have already received the fix.

Lucid’s Q2 2024 Performance

These recalls come at a time when Lucid reported better-than-expected Q2 deliveries with 2,394 units, attributed in part to recent price cuts on its EV sedans. Notably, this represents a 22% increase from Q1 and exceeds expectations of 1,940 EVs.

As more EVs have been facing recalls recently, Lucid has been added to the list but its swift response demonstrates the company’s rapid problem-solving initiatives. EV owners of affected Lucid Air models will be notified by mail in August, with letters for the power loss issue scheduled for August 15 and those for the defrosting issue set for August 9.

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