Investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have opened a preliminary evaluation into 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe sport-utility vehicles after receiving reports that the steering column may come apart, resulting in a complete loss of steering capability.
NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigation has received one report from a consumer alleging a steering column fastener became loose in their Hyundai Santa Fe. The SUV was nearly two-years old with 33,000 miles. The ODI says it has also received a report from Hyundai of a similar incident with another 2011 Santa Fe.
There have been no injuries or accidents reported with either of the incidents reported to NHTSA. Engineers with ODI and Hyundai will work jointly to determine the cause of the Santa Fe's steering problems and, if necessary, an official safety recall will be issued.
Investigation: 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe - Steering column Action #: PE12029 [NHTSA]
NHTSA investigating steering problem in Hyundai Santa Fe [Associated Press via ABC Action News]