Just days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation into alleged shattering sunroofs in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the agency began a new probe to investigate the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe for a steering column defect.
Details of the preliminary NHTSA investigation, PE12029, show that an estimated 70,000 2011 model year Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs are involved.
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At issue is a defect in the steering shaft that may cause it to separate, resulting in a complete loss of steering ability.
The office of defects investigation (ODI) said it had received one complaint that alleged a fastener came loose in the steering column of a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe that caused a total loss of the ability to steer the vehicle.
At the time of the alleged incident, the vehicle had approximately 22 months and 33,000 miles of service.
The ODI has also received field report data from Hyundai about a steering shaft separation in a 2011 Santa Fe purportedly caused by a loosening bolt in the lower steering column.
As Inside Line reports, Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said that the company is “aware” of one complaint alleging a “loss” of steering in a previous model year Santa Fe and that “We are trying to determine the details of the complaint and will work closely with NHTSA in assisting them in their investigation.”