Hyundai recalls 43,941 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe sports crossovers. Other 8,456 vehicles in Canada were also recalled for the possible defect. There were no injuries or accidents associated with the defect or incidents where the defect was discovered while a vehicle was in motion.
The recall includes vehicles that were manufactured between July and October 2017 at Hyundai's Alabama-based manufacturing plant. The automaker reports in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents that these SUVs could have been manufactured with "defective steering wheel" parts and that no other models from Hyundai or Genesis were affected.
Dealers will examine the steering wheel hub assemblies and replace the steering wheel assemblies if necessary. The company will notify owners by e-mail from mid-March.