Business

US reviewing Hyundai SUV axles

Regulators have had two complaints of axle shaft failure on the Santa Fe.

Morgan J Segal

Regulators have had two complaints of axle shaft failure on the Santa Fe.

DETROIT — US safety regulators are investigating complaints that the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle can suddenly lose power.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has two complaints that the right-front axle shaft can fail on 2013 models.

Advertisement

The investigation covers about 50,000 vehicles. Investigators will determine if the problem is big enough to require a recall.

No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Get Talking Points in your inbox:
An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered weekdays.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

In both complaints, owners reported a loud noise and said their SUVs wouldn’t move. In both cases the vehicles had fewer than 5,000 miles on them.

NHTSA began its investigation on July 5, the agency said in documents posted Tuesday on its website.

Hyundai is cooperating with the investigation and says it’s too early in the process to draw any conclusions, spokesman Miles Johnson said in a statement.

Advertisement

In a separate case, NHTSA has decided not to seek a recall of the 2011 Santa Fe because of a steering problem.

The agency began investigating about 70,000 of the SUVs in October of 2012 because a fastener could come loose, causing the steering shaft to come apart.

NHTSA said in documents posted last week that Hyundai traced the problem to operator error at its assembly plant.

Associated Press

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com