Hyundai is recalling 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs equipped with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine for faulty front axle shafts, which could fracture. BMW is also recalling 2009-2010 BMW X5 35d diesel SUVs for a fuel filter heater, which could become permanently "on" resulting in a dead battery, or potentially a vehicle fire if the unit overheats.
The Problem: On some 2013 Santa Fe Sport SUVs with front-wheel-drive, the right front axle shaft could fracture. Among other symptoms, the axle shaft fracture could result in a loss of motive power, and the vehicle moving unintentionally when parked if the parking break is not applied. On the BMW X5 35d, the electronic control circuit pressure switch and temperature sensor of the fuel filter heater could have a faulty electrical contact that could lead to an electrical overload in the power transistor, keeping the fuel filter on even when the ignition is switched off. This could result in a dead battery or the unit overheating, potentially resulting in a vehicle fire.
The Fix: Hyundai will inspect and repair the front axle shafts on affected vehicles at no charge. Hyundai's recall campaign begins immediately. Hyundai owners can call 800-633-5151. The Santa Fe Sport recall campaign number is 112. BMW will notify owners and the fuel filter heater will be replaced free of charge. X5 Diesel owners can call 800-525-7417. Santa Fe or X5 owners can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 20,000 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport FWD models made between July 13, 2012 and March 12, 2013, and 1540 2009-2010 BMW X5 35d models built between June 13, 2009 and November 9, 2009.