Hyundai Recalls 43,941 U.S. Vehicles On Steering Wheel Detachment Risk
Automaker Hyundai has a problem on its hands, recently being forced to recall almost 44,000 (43,941 to be exact) of its vehicles for a steering column issue. The vehicles are their Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport model crossover SUVs that can have their steering wheel to separate from the steering column while driving. This presents an obvious safety issue and it looks bad for Hyundai.
The SUVs were manufactured in the second half of 2017 in both South Korea and the company’s plants in Alabama and Georgia. Another 9,000 of the vehicles that were delivered to Canada were also subject to the recall which stems from several reports of steering wheels comin apart from the steering column while traveling on a road. It is fortunate that no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the defect, which stems from the steering column breaking and becoming detached.
Hyundai is sating that the defect is a result of an increased mold temperature during the manufacturing process and causing the plastic to become weak. The company is currently in the process of sending out recall notices via mail to the owners of the SUVs that have already been delivered. They will work with dealers in recalling any SUVs still in inventory. The recall is one of the largest recalls in the history of Hyundai.