The recall, issued in January for Lucid's 2022 and 2023 Air models, addressed a high-voltage coolant heater error potentially affecting 2,042 vehicles. The defect could impede windshield defrosting, posing risks to driver visibility and increasing the likelihood of accidents.
In a official statement, Lucid Motors responded to the recall query, stating: “NHTSA's Recall Query understates the remedy being offered. Lucid's approach introduces a new diagnostic software feature to conduct active remote monitoring for faults — even when the hardware at issue is not in use. We use this capability in addition to electronically notifying customers when there is an actual lack of defrost capability. Lucid intends to demonstrate that the analysis underlying this approach is sound and that customer safety is assured.”
Lucid Motors implemented a new diagnostic software feature through an over-the-air (OTA) update, enabling active remote monitoring for faults related to the coolant heater. In the event of a failure, the company committed to repairing the component at no expense to owners.
Owners of affected vehicles are expected to receive notification letters by March 8, detailing the recall procedure.
While Lucid Motors has addressed most recall remedies via OTA updates, Cars.com reports that the 2022 Air model has been subject to nine recalls, with the 2023 Air facing six recalls.
In the fourth quarter, Lucid Motors delivered 1,734 vehicles while producing 2,391, bringing the total 2023 deliveries to 6,001 and production to 8,428 vehicles. The company revised its 2023 delivery guidance from “more than 10,000 vehicles” in August to a range between 8,000 and 8,500 vehicles in November.