Infiniti recalls SUVs to fix electronic steering problem

FILE - This Tuesday, May 22, 2012, file photo shows the Nissan Infiniti logo on a vehicle on display at the opening ceremony for an office in Hong Kong. Nissan announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the company is recalling more than 28,000 Infiniti luxury SUVs because the electronic steering can malfunction and bring the steering wheel to rest at an off-center position. The recall covers certain Infiniti Q50 gasoline and hybrid SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling 60,000 Infiniti luxury SUVs worldwide because the electronic steering can malfunction.

The recall, which includes over 28,000 vehicles in the U.S., covers certain Infiniti Q50 gasoline and hybrid SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

The company said Wednesday in documents posted by the U.S. government a combination of low battery voltage and parking the SUVs with the wheels turned can confuse the steering control computer. That can change steering responsiveness and the turning radius, as well as cause the steering wheel to be off-center.

Owners will see a dashboard warning light if the issue happens. But if the warning is ignored, Nissan says it could increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make no mention of any crashes or injuries.

The company said it got the first report of an off-center steering wheel in October of last year. Two other reports came by early June, so the company decided to do a recall “out of an abundance of caution,” the documents said.

Dealers will reprogram the steering computer starting Aug. 9.

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