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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,567 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302012

Santa Fe

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a neck injury that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensors needed to be connected. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe with defective airbag control module. Consumer states that the mechanic hooked the vehicle up to the scanner that came across that problem. It will cost almost $400 dollars to have the airbag control module replaced. The dealer stated there was an internal fault code causing the air bag light to illuminate. The oil pan was leaking.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Nov 102007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,700 miles
Air bag light stays on. Scan it needs a new clockspring(air bag). Dealer won"T pay for it. 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe has 88,000km.

- Hamilton, 00, USA

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