The recall affects 2013 Santa Fe Sport models with front-wheel-drive and 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engines. The cars were built between July 11, 2012 and March 12, 2013.
Hyundai says the right axle shaft can fail in rare cases. If that happens, the SUVs can lose power or roll away if parked on a slope.
Dealers will replace the axle shaft free of charge.