2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ Steering Tech May Not Detect If Driver Has Hands Off The Wheel

The Nautilus went on sale across the nation last summer, and Lincoln’s mid-size SUV has already been been subjected to a couple of recalls.

Issued by parent company Ford, the latest one addresses vehicles equipped with lane-centering assist and adaptive front steering. According to the automaker, a software glitch prevents the system from detecting if drivers take their hands off the steering wheel, so they may not be alerted, thus increasing the risk of an accident.

The safety campaign includes approximately 2,700 units, including 2,276 located in the United States and federalized territories and 371 in Canada. Said vehicles were assembled at the Oakville plant between September 5 and November 19, 2018.

Authorized technicians will update the power steering control module software in the affected SUVs free of charge. The company didn’t say, however, when they will start informing owners.

As for the previous recall, it was announced a couple of months ago and it was about some airbag issues. It was unrelated to the massive Takata safety campaign, and the reason was that the plastic cover of the front airbag on the driver’s side could detach during deployment. The automaker wasn’t aware of any injuries related to this defect at the time.

Discovered by the driver airbag supplier, the fault affected just 268 units of the 2019 Nautilus, produced before October 11 and after October 19, 2018.

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  • Rocket

    Recalled because your car might not tell you if you’ve taken your hands off the wheel? Sign of the times right there. It wasn’t long ago that it wasn’t even a thing, and now it’s considered a safety issue if the car doesn’t notify you when you’re being stupid.

  • LJ

    How about, don’t take your hands off the goddam steering wheel when driving?

    • Craig

      That’s that’s silly. I suppose you want us to keep our eyes on the road too?

      • john1168


      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Gotta check that new Facebook post or tweet.

        • Craig

          It could be political. You don’t want to miss that!

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            Or I could be a new Kardashian post surgery picture Oh boy!

          • Craig


  • john1168

    It’s ok. I can figure out when I’m not holding on to the steering wheel….

  • Rocket

    Lincoln is somewhere between premium and true luxury, with a recent push toward the latter. The Navigator is the real deal, and the Aviator appears to be as well. Lesser models still have some work to do.

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