Lucid Recalls 2022-2023 Models over Windshield Heating Concerns

Lucid issued a recall on January 10 for 2,042 of its 2022-2023 Air electric sedans because the high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) may fail to defrost the windshield.

In Safety Recall Report 24V-011, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the loss of adequate windshield defrost capability could lead to a restricted driver field of vision and an increased risk of a crash, the company said in an NHTSA report.

“If an HVCH fails, coolant cannot be heated, and the windshield cannot be defrosted. Loss of adequate windshield defrost capability could lead to restricted driver field of vision and an increased risk of a crash,” the notice says.

Lucid will update the software to identify an HVCH failure and warn the driver of the failure. The company will replace defective HVCHs.

“Prior to the software update for this recall, there is no visual warning indicator for an HVCH failure,” the recall notice says.

“A vehicle with a failed HVCH will not produce warm air for the windshield defroster. Drivers would also experience a loss of cabin heat when an HVCH fails.”

Repairs will be performed free of charge. Lucid plans to send owner notification letters on March 8.

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