The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. According to a summary report posted to the agency's website, NHTSA has been contacted by two Santa Fe owners who say that the right-front axle shafts on their vehicles have failed.

Why would NHTSA begin a probe based on just two complaints? There are at least three good reasons: 

If NHTSA's preliminary evaluation casts sufficient doubt on the quality of Santa Fe axles, the agency will order an engineering analysis for further study. Depending on the results of that probe, NHTSA may choose to initiate a recall, which would involve at least 50,000 vehicles in the U.S.

We're still a long way from that point, but we'll keep you posted as the investigation proceeds.  

[via the New York Times]


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