According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary evaluation of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe after receiving two complaints of broken front axles on vehicles with fewer than 5,000 miles on their odometers. Naturally, a broken axle could result in the loss of control of the vehicle, especially if it occurs at high speed. It's not immediately clear if the investigation centers on the five-seat Sport, the seven-seat model or both.

No actual recall has yet been issued, and "no safety defect has been identified," according to a statement Hyundai released to Reuters, which added, "Hyundai will, of course, take any actions necessary to ensure the safety of our customers if the information gathered during the investigation indicates that action is appropriate."

We suppose you could sum up the report this way: 2013 Santa Fe owners, stay tuned.


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      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for more free gas cards to appease owners
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      For some reason this car really resembles a Ford in a distance....
        thatitaliankid321
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        maybe Ford is "Aspiring" to become just like when they had controll over Kia way back in the day
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 1 Year Ago
      maybe saving a buck or two by buying a hyundai isn't the smartest thing one can do with his/her money...
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, when you build absolute garbage, axle failures are bound to happen.
        srlalsd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        I used to drive a Santa Fe 2.0T limited daily. It is a pretty good suv. The only thing I didn't like was the acceleration. It was not linear. The engine wasn't tuned well. However, the interior was great and the SUV was very featureful.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
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        Awhattup
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Typical FIDTRO comment... nothing to see move along.
      Skylar Ross Toups
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep are you paying attention? This is how you handle investigations, you don't have to admit fault to show your number one priority is your customer. If/when the investigation is fully launched and if/when a defect is found you quickly fix the problem and apologize not pick fights with the NHTSA which just tarnishes the image of the brand for anyone paying attention and concerned with the safety of themselves and their passengers.
        VanNostrin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Skylar Ross Toups
        Better throw Toyota in there too! I'd imagine the reaction would be different if the recall extended to all its SUV's for a decade.
          blasds78
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VanNostrin
          Throw Toyota in there as an example of which - good or bad? Toyota was found to be innocent in that accelerator witch hunt.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, this is sticking with tradition. When Hyundai came to the US in the 80's, Excels were known for having their axles fall off on the road while driving.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems like Hyundai and Kia just can't escape bad news lately. Maybe they rushed out too many new products too quickly?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
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      ishmaelcrowley
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was quick.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's scary.
      finzenchrome
      • 1 Year Ago
      But for the meantime while things are under investigation, well at least you'll good veering out of control and screaming until the airbag knocks you silly.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      UPDATE: the NHTSA has ruled that the axle failure was due to extreme stress caused by the Santa Fe's massive Jay Leno CHIN.
      VanNostrin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of a Subaru Tribeca.
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