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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,856 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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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 #5

Jul 152007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,781 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving at approximate speeds of 65 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer replaced the wiring harness to the passengers air bag yet the failure recurred. The dealer made a second repair to the passengers wiring harness and within a year, the failure recurred. The vehicle was out of warranty and any further repairs would be at the owners expense. The approximate failure mileage was 52,781 and the current mileage is 110,000. Updated 10/05/10 updated 10/07/10

- High Rolls, NM, USA

problem #4

Jan 102009

Santa Fe

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the frontal air bag warning lights continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. She found recalls for the 2002 and 2004 models, but not for the 2003 model, even though the failures were identical. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were less than 100,000.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 162008

Santa Fe

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. On August 16, 2008, while driving 45 mph, a vehicle failed to yield at a red light. The contact was unable to stop and the front bumper on the passenger side of her vehicle struck a travel trailer. The driver and passenger frontal air bag indicators illuminated, but failed to deploy. The passenger seated in the front seat received injures to the neck, back, and head. The rear passenger was traumatized. The contact received injuries to the neck, back, and shoulders. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the air bags failed to deploy due to faulty wires. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that the air bags will only deploy under extreme experiences. They further stated that the front passenger side bumper crashing into the trailer would not have caused the air bags to deploy. The owner's manual stated that the air bags were designed to deploy at any speed in the event of a crash. The vehicle has been repaired. Nevada police report number 0808160558 was filed. The failure mileage was 115,000 and current mileage was 116,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282005

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in a car accident with a mini van and my passenger front was damaged. My airbags did not deploy on either side mostly the passenger side and I have been informed that with the damage it should have deployed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 112005

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
While driving the brakes failed. Upon applying the brakes, the vehicle continued to coast, the first time this happened. The second time this happened, it resulted in an accident. The consumer contacted the dealer, and was told that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. A third time resulted in an accident, and the air bag did not deploy. The consumer was injured, and the vehicle was totaled.

- Riverside, IL, USA

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