The National Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for a potential steering system flaw.
The NHTSA announced on Friday that it is investigating Hyundai Santa Fe models from the 2011 model year over an alleged steering problem. The agency says it has received one complaint of a failed fastener in the Santa Fe's steering shaft, resulting in a complete loss of steering control.
The vehicle in question was 22 months old and had 33,000 miles on the clock.
In addition to the lone complaint to the U.S., the NHTSA says Hyundai has received other complaints involving loose bolts in the lower steering column of 2011 Santa Fe models. At least one of those allegations involved a steering shaft separation.
No crashes or injuries have been linked to the potential defect.
At this point the NHTSA is labeling its investigation as a Preliminary Evaluation, but the probe could eventually be elevated to a full-on recall. About 70,000 vehicles are thought to be involved in the investigation.