Sudden Steering Loss in Hyundai Santa Fe under Investigation

Sudden Steering Loss in Hyundai Santa Fe under Investigation
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened a preliminary evaluation into 2011 model year Santa Fe vehicles following a consumer complaint alleging sudden steering loss.

ODI has received one complaint alleging that a fastener became loose in the steering shaft of a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle, resulting in a complete loss of steering capability. The complaint vehicle had approximately 22 months and 33,000 miles of service at the time of the alleged incident.

In addition, ODI has received EWR field report data from Hyundai that involved loosening of a bolt in the lower steering column of a 2011 model year Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle that resulted in a steering shaft separation.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles. At the conclusion of that investigation, ODI will determine what, if any, additional steps need to be taken, including a potential recall of all affected Santa Fe models.