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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,388 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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 #6

Sep 252008

Santa Fe

  • 44,546 miles

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

The air bag red warning light came on in 9/08. The dealer scanned the system, cleared historic codes, cycled through self test several times. Codes did not reset. Light came back on in 1/09. I will take vehicle back to dealer. My opinion is that safety equipment should be more reliable. When the red light initially came on they couldn't find a problem but I will be charged appx. $600 when they fix the problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 212006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
: the contact stated the air bag light illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer on five different occasions. The first two times, the dealer could not find the problem. The other three times, the dealer replaced a wire under the passenger seat, the passenger seat belt harness, and a wire harness clip. The problem still occurred.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #4

May 122005

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,700 miles
: the contact stated while making a left turn at an intersection the passenger side air bag deployed. The vehicle was traveling less than 20 mph. The air bag light illuminated when the air bag deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however the dealer has not inspected the vehicle pictures have been sent to the manufacturer. No police report was filed.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles

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

While driving the brakes failed. Upon applying the brakes vehicle continued to coast. However, it happened again, and an accident occurred. Contacted the dealer, and was told there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. It happened a third time which led to another accident, and the air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured, and the vehicle was totaled.

- Riverside, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 292003

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 5,980 miles
At 5,980 miles engine started to create engine noise. Dealer said that there's a problem on the vehicle's crankshaft. The consumer began to hear noise in the engine compartment. The dealer replaced many components; crankshaft, transmission, belt tensioner and pulley. None of those repairs corrected the noise. The clock spring failed and caused the horn and cruise control to be inoperative.

- Mercedita, PR, USA

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problem #1

Oct 132003

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,100 miles
While driving 35 mph consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the airbags deployed. The police stated the air bags should've deployed. Vehicle sustained $5000. Dollars in damages. The person who vehicle she hit, left the scene before the police arrived.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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