Thousands of Hyundais Recalled Due to Steering Wheel Detachments

Do you have a case?

If you’ve been wronged,
we’ll help to make it right.

Melissa Carter March 14, 2018

Nighttime Driving

A Fatal Design Flaw

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have a serious problem: Their steering wheels could detach during driving. This sort of problem is clearly dangerous — and potentially fatal — due to the fact that the steering wheel is probably the most vital piece of equipment in the automobile. Without it, drivers will lose control, drive off the road and potentially roll over, collide with something or strike another car.

Approximately 44,000 vehicles are affected by the recall in the United States. Approximately 8,500 are affected in Canada. Hyundai owners in the United States and Canada should receive notices of the recall by mid-March.

No Fatalities Yet

The problem relates to a debility in the steering wheel assembly that can result in it breaking and detaching during driving. Fortunately, Hyundai has confirmed that no accidents or injuries have happened as a result of steering wheel detachments so far. Furthermore, no steering wheels have come off while a Hyundai was driving down the road. Only in one instance did a man report his steering wheel breaking off. His Hyundai was not moving at the time.

In the automaker’s words, the “mold temperature may have increased during the molding process,” resulting in damage to some steering assemblies. Hyundai is asking that vehicle owners bring their cars in for examination and the dealer will fix any damaged steering wheel assemblies they find.

Compensation a Possibility

There’s a lot that can go wrong when an automaker builds a car, and sometimes these errors lead to deadly or injury-causing defects. If you or your loved one suffered an injury or died because of such a defect, the facts of your case could support a lawsuit to pursue compensation in court. Learn more about hiring an attorney after an auto accident.

Source: New York Daily News, “Hyundai recalls almost 45,000 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs over detaching steering wheels,” Joanna Tavares, March 07, 2018

Do you have a case?

If you've been wronged,
we'll help to make it right.

Get Help

Office Locations

Bethesda Office

7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1250
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: (202) 800-6300

Map & Directions

Clinton Office

9135 Piscataway Road, Suite 215
Clinton, MD 20735

Phone: (301) 383-9765

Map & Directions

alexandria map

Alexandria Office

5680 King Centre Dr, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22315

Phone: (703) 372-0820

Map & Directions

Baltimore map

Baltimore Office

400 East Pratt Street, Eighth Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 635-9340

Map & Directions

Contact Us

While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please call or use our intake form.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

© 2018 by Malloy Law Offices, LLC. All rights reserved. Disclaimer | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Website by Bethesda Web Design