Nissan has issued a recall for select Infiniti Q50 and Q70 hybrid vehicles from the 2014 model year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software flaw that could cause the vehicles to lose power in traffic.
The flaw is found in the Q50 and Q70's motor inverter software. NHTSA says that the glitch may cause the cars' electric motor to stop working when the vehicles are in electric-only mode. That would create a stall-like condition and could dramatically increase the risk of a crash.
Nissan says that the problem is limited to Q50 and Q70 vehicles built between December 10, 2012 and June 25, 2014. All told, some 5,412 U.S. vehicles are affected by the recall.
Nissan says that it will begin mailing recall notices to owners by the middle of this month. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to an Infiniti dealer, who will upgrade the software on the motor inverter, free of charge.
If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles and have additional questions, you're encouraged to call Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V581000.