In an emailed statement to The Verge, a Lucid spokesperson said that it isn’t aware of any such incident where the faulty wiring has caused the display to go blank. However, it is still going ahead with the recall to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Damage to the wiring could potentially make the screen go blank, blocking out many critical information, including speedometer readings, gear selection indicators, warning lights and other in-vehicle notifications, resulting in non-compliance with federal regulations. The problem is said to affect both the Dream Edition and Grand Touring models. While Lucid Motors says that less than 1 percent of the recalled vehicles are expected to be actually affected by the problem, it is still a big deal for a driver to suddenly lose all communication from their car in the middle of a highway.
The problem was discovered on April 28 and Lucid began its investigation the following day. An inspection of all the vehicles in the plant found that the harness was touching the steering shaft in around 2 percent of the cases. Following procedural reviews over the next few days, the company’s Product Safety Working Group (PSWG) recommended a recall for the Lucid Air on May 11 “out of an abundance of caution.” The company is slated to send out official notification letters to owners on June 20th, following which, Lucid dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and rectify the problem free of charge.
Source: NHTSA, The Verge