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Some Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento crossover utility vehicles are being recalled for an issue that could lead to early failure of their automatic transmissions.
About 6,169 Santa Fe models, made from October 15, 2009 through March 5, 2010 and all with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, are affected by the new recall.
Due to an intermediate shaft (driveshaft) that's misaligned with the transmission's right side input gear, the intermediate shaft may prematurely wear or become noisy, eventually causing damage to the automatic transmission. The issue is signaled by a whirring or whining noise and could lead to transmission failure.
As part of the recall effort, dealerships will replace the output gear and (properly aligned) intermediate shaft free of charge.
The 2011 Kia Sorento is also affected by the same issue. Up to 12,690 Sorento models, produced through May 22, 2010, are being recalled.
The recall effort for the Hyundai Santa Fe will begin in June, while Kia's recall effort will begin later this month. Customers may call Hyundai at 800-633-5151, or Kia at 800-333-4542.