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Infiniti Will Recall 60,000 Q50 Units Worldwide To Fix Steering Glitch

Infiniti will operate a global recall campaign for the Q50 model equipped with the direct adaptive steering system. The recall campaign focuses on a glitch which could lead to a potential malfunction of the vehicle’s autonomous driving capabilities.
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Approximately 60,000 units are affected by the issue, out of which 28,182 were sold in the USA, and 3,804 were marketed in Canada. On the Chinese market, Infiniti sold 6,894 Q50 models that are affected by this issue.

The direct adaptive steering was described as a solution to avoid excessive road vibrations reaching the driver’s arms, making the drive more comfortable.

Furthermore, the system was supposed to bring a “stronger feeling of control.” In other words, it was intended to reduce the need for constant, subtle, steering adjustments with the aid of its electric motor control technology.

According to Automotive News, the Japanese premium automaker has discovered that a potential software glitch could cause the vehicle to manifest a “lack of steering responsiveness and change in turning radius.”

As Infiniti representatives have explained, the problem could happen in rare circumstances, just after starting the car. This steering system is not at its first misfortune, as the MY2014 Q50 has also been recalled because the direct adaptive steering system’s electric support might be disabled at freezing temperatures.

The Infiniti Q50 is the brand’s only model to feature a semi-autonomous driving capability. The car can maintain a lane by itself on highways. While being restricted concerning speed and lane markings, the system did allow drivers to operate the car without their hands for a limited period.

Infiniti has not notified authorities of any accidents related or caused by this issue. Most likely, there were no reported accidents related to the matter, but customer complaints might have made the Japanese brand investigate the situation.

Just like its rivals from Lexus, Jaguar, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti is a premium carmaker and should focus on providing customers with the best experience possible, so any complaints on potential malfunctions are usually checked as soon as possible.

 
 
 
 
 

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