First people criticized Infiniti’s weird steering system for the Q50, now there’s a possible problem and a recall. This affects over 28,000 vehicles in the United States and around 60,000 worldwide.
Normally, an electronic system controls the steering. It allows drivers to change adjustments while driving, which sounds cool, but isn’t well-liked by most enthusiasts. The system can make small corrections to keep a vehicle in a marked lane. It also isolates the driver from things like bumps in the road and most steering feel.
Just in case the electronics fail, which they tend to do that now and then, there’s a mechanical backup system that automatically engages. It’s an interesting blend of new and old tech.
The recall is coming because of a software issue. According to a report from Jalopnik, Infiniti says the result could be a “lack of steering responsiveness and a change in turning radius.” Whatever that means exactly, it doesn’t sound good.
Basically, if you have an Infiniti Q50 or know someone who does, you might want to reconsider driving it until the problem is fixed. There haven’t been any accidents or injuries from the problem, but those are usually a person’s famous last words. A timeline so far hasn’t been released by Infiniti, but expect a fix to involve sitting in a dealership waiting room with The Expendables playing on a big screen television.
Back in 2013 the steering system was part of another software recall.