Watch Out, Your 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe’s Steering Wheel May Break Off

Hyundai has issued a recall for certain 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers in the US, to assess a very scary issue: a possible steering wheel detachment while driving.

In the report issued by the NHTSA and quoted by AutoNews, it’s explained that the steering wheel assembly could break on the move. As a result, the steering wheel could detach from the steering column.

The automaker blames the supplier for this defect, adding that “no other Hyundai or Genesis vehicles not mentioned in this report use the same steering wheel assembly or contain steering wheel assemblies from the suspect production lot”.

Affected are the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe made from June to December in South Korea, and the Santa Fe Sport, produced at Alabama between July and October, and Georgia, from August to October. In total, 43,491 vehicles are affected by this recall, while another 8,456 units were recalled in Canada for the same defect.

Luckily, Hyundai says is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue, but there has been a report from a US driver claiming that the steering wheel came off. The car was stationary at the time, and the man was reaching for his wallet, using the steering wheel as leverage.

Owners of the affected SUVs will be notified by the company starting mid-March, and technicians will replace the entire steering wheel assembly, if necessary, free of charge.

In the meantime, the fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe is at the Geneva Motor Show. It will go on sale across Europe later this year, and will reach US dealers as well. The new Santa Fe will be offered with a couple of gasoline engines and a diesel on this side of the pond, but hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are expected, too.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I hate when that happens

    • eb110americana

      Luckily they caught it early enough that no one was hurt yet. That would have been bad for everyone involved.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Korean/ Chinese steel for you…

  • baofe
  • Bash

    What an embarrassing moment for Hyundai.

  • Moveon Libtards

    For all the hype, Hyundai’s are PLASTIC JUNK! Seriously, drive one in other than perfect weather and you will hear squeaks, rattles, and weird sounds everywhere even on the newest versions.

    Steering wheel break off? No problem, just a Hyundai. And you wonder why the Korean economy is crap.

  • Leconte Dave

    Jesus take the wheel

  • Merc1

    Uh oh, they haven’t come far enough yet. JUNK.


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