This 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is part of the Hyundai recall
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai is recalling 43,941 of its Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs because the steering wheel assembly may break. This could lead to the steering wheel separating from its column while the vehicle is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the separation happens while the car is in motion, it could lead to a crash, Hyundai says. NHTSA says that the automaker is aware of two incidents related to this problem, but no injuries or deaths have been reported. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 43,941 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs, specifically:

  • 12,574 Santa Fe SUVs built in South Korea from June 15, 2017, through Dec. 28, 2017.
  • 13,749 Santa Fe Sport SUVs built in Alabama from July 23, 2017, through Oct. 23, 2017.
  • 17,618 Santa Fe Sport SUVs built in Georgia from Aug. 10, 2017, through Oct. 24, 2017.

The problem: These SUVs have steering wheel hub assemblies that have been manufactured without enough breakage strength, increasing the risk that the steering wheel could separate from the steering column while someone is driving, Hyundai says.

The fix: Hyundai dealers will check the production lot number of the steering wheel assembly and replace it if necessary, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 173.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V118000.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed. 

Steering wheel and dashboard for 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Steering wheel and dashboard for 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.