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Fred Meier, USA TODAY

Kia is recalling more than 9,700 SUVs in North America because the front axle can fail. The recall today follow Hyundai's earlier recall of about 23,000 of its related Santa Fe Sport SUVs in the U.S. and Canada for the same problem.

The Kia recall covers 2014 Sorento SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive that were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.

The Hyundai recall covers 2013 Santa Fe Sport models (the smaller, two-row version of the Santa Fe) with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel drive that were built between July 11, 2012 through March 12, 2013.

Both vehicles from the affiliated South Korean auto brands are built at Kia's West Point, Ga., plant.

Kia and Hyundai both say that the problem is with the right axle drive shaft, which can crack and fail.

If underway, the vehicle would lose power; if parked, it could roll away.

Both companies also say that they have no reports of crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

The companies will notify owners to bring the vehicles to dealers, who will replace the axle shaft free.

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