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Nikola recalls all 93 Tre battery-electric trucks

Oct. 3, 2022
An installation issue with a seat belt has created safety concerns, causing Nikola to recall all Tre BEVs to replace the assembly. After investigating it, the OEM improved the design by reducing the size of the spacer between the bolt and the adjuster.

Nikola Corp. has issued a recall on every one of the manufacturer’s 93 model-year 2022 Tre Class 8 battery-electric vehicles because the seat belt shoulder anchorage assembly may not have been installed to specification, which could reduce protection in the event of a crash. There have been no reported issues with the assembly.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall (22V-689), the seat belt anchor assembly could become detached while in use because the assembly does not allow full thread engagement for the anchor bolt and cross-threading could occur. The seat belt assemblies were installed by Nikola’s manufacturing partner Iveco.

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The issue was discovered on July 18 when a Nikola employee performing a pre-delivery inspection at a dealer noticed the passenger side seatbelt disconnected from the B-pillar adjuster. Nikola then informed Iveco, which reported back in late summer that the final torque specifications could not be achieved due to the cross-treading susceptibility. It was determined the problem could exist in all previously manufactured cabs produced from Nov. 5, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

After Nikola investigated the problem, the company decided the design could be improved by reducing the size of the spacer between the bolt and adjuster. Nikola will replace the bolt, spacer, and adjuster on all affected Tre units.

This recall comes on the heels of the commercial launch of the European Nikola Tre BEV and unveiling of a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) version at the IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover, Germany. The Tre FCEV is expected to arrive in North America in the second half of 2023. Last month, Nikola signed an agreement with Bosch that would allow Nikola's Coolidge, Arizona, plant to build Bosch fuel-cell power modules. These modules would end up on Trev FCEVs as well as the Nikola Two sleeper truck, which is designed for cross-country freight transport.

While all this is happening, Nikola's founder, Trevor Milton, is standing trial on four counts of fraud related to allegations that he lied to investors about the company’s technology. He resigned as chairman two years ago after a short seller, aided by an internal whistleblower, produced a scathing report on Milton's questionable actions leading up to the company going public. That brought the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and killed a major production deal with General Motors Corp.

This article originally appeared on Fleet Maintenance, the sister site of FleetOwner.

About the Author

John Hitch | Editor

John Hitch, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is the editor of Fleet Maintenance, a B2B magazine that addresses the service needs for all commercial vehicle makes and models (Classes 1-8), ranging from shop management strategies to the latest tools to enhance uptime.

He previously wrote about equipment and fleet operations and management for FleetOwner, and prior to that, manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

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