Brake issues can be a major hazard in any car, but they're worse when they're completely unexpected, as they should be with a brand-new vehicle. Unfortunately for Hyundai--and 2011 Santa Fe owners--a manufacturing defect has caused exactly that. It's not a surprise, however, as the 2011 Kia Sorento, a corporate cousin to the Santa Fe, was recently recalled for the same issue.
The brake problem isn't as serious as it could be, however: complete failure isn't likely, though reduced brake power and poor pedal feel can still occur. Improperly machined rear brake calipers lie at the root of the issue.
The fix is simple enough: properly manufactured calipers will be installed on the vehicle at no cost to the owner at Hyundai dealerships.
All 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs built between September 28 and November 25, 2010 are affected. Hyundai has not yet provided a notification schedule for owners, but the NHTSA urges affected owners to contact Hyundai Roadstide Assistance at 1-800-243-7766 or call the NHTSA directly at 1-888-327-4236. The official NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V613000.