Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, will be recalling around 60,000 vehicles worldwide due to possible malfunction of the steering system key to the Q50’s autonomous driving capabilities.

According to a report by Reuters, the recall will affect cars in all markets where the Q50 is sold, including China and North America.

The Q50 is Infiniti’s first model that can drive itself on highways under certain conditions because of its direct adaptive steering system.

However, Infiniti spokesman Stefan Weinmann said the system could malfunction “in certain rare circumstances, just after starting the vehicle” when a software glitch “can lead to a lack of steering responsiveness and change in turning radius”.

He added that Infiniti will begin informing customers of the recall in June and July.

Previously, Infiniti had also recalled the 2014 Q50s in the US because the electric steering system could be disabled at freezing temperatures, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

China’s safety watchdog said the current recall would affect 6,894 cars in China, including imported Q50s and long wheelbase versions that are locally produced.

Infiniti sold 215,250 cars globally last year.

Meanwhile, Infiniti chief Roland Krueger told Reuters last week that the brand plans to roll out autonomous driving to more new models as it introduces the steering system to more of its cars “one by one.”

“With this (steering) function, we can offer what we call partial autonomous drive already, so the car above approximately 60 kilometres per hour on the highway can be driven hands free,” he said.

He also said more advanced autonomous driving features such as those beyond highways will require advances in infrastructure and regulation.


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