2014 Infiniti Q50
The Problem: Models of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 equipped with Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS), a system that uses electrical controls to operate the steering, may have the steering system fail in freezing temperatures. Worse still, in that case the mechanical steering backup may not engage quickly. Infiniti learned of the issue after a customer in Canada suffered this problem. This problem only occurs on models that previously had received a software update for the DAS; that fix was intended to improve the steering feel and calibration, but has a software error that causes a failure in cold weather.
The Fix: Infiniti instructed owners not to drive their cars and arranged to tow the affected 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedans to dealership for reprogramming of the steering computer.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 23 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedans.
Michelin LTX M/S Tires
The Problem: Michelin has received a high number of customer complaints of tread separation or rapid air loss from certain light-truck tires in size 225/75/R16 manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. Although Michelin only received reports of about 200 tires suffering the problem, the entire production run is being recalled. Automotive News reports that the Michelin tire was commonly used as original equipment on the Ford E-Series/Econoline full-size van.
The Fix: Michelin will replace the affected tires for free in a recall that starts January 6, 2014.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1.2 million Michelin tires sold in the U.S., plus 100,000 tires sold in Canada and Mexico.