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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,916 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Aug 012016

Santa Fe

  • 83,000 miles


The driver-side sun visor broke after a road trip, during which it was not even used much. I have read online that this is common problem, and I have attached a picture which gives an example of the common problem that has exactly occurred for one of my sun visors. This is a frustrating problem, and I have needed to spend the past 3 weeks driving one-handed because my other hand is needed to keep the sun visor from totally impairing my vision. I have even developed pain in my arm which I most commonly use to support the visor while driving. I consider this a safety issue because it prevents driving with 2 hands. My vision is totally obscured when it is not supported because I am tall person (6'5"). it is an issue always, when vehicle is driving or parked.

- South Ben, IN, USA

problem #31

Apr 302016

Santa Fe

  • 104,000 miles
The sun visor on the driver's side became disengaged, so the visor fell down. It fell down while I was driving and completely distracted me and blocked my view. It could have caused an accident. It is not just "loose". it is actually disengaged. I tried (unsuccessfully) to hot glue gun it together.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #30

Apr 222016

Santa Fe

  • 97,000 miles
Drivers side sun visor arm broke while driving on the highway. Part broke inside recessed body. It sheared off where the plastic arm has a larger diameter for retention. Visor hung down by electrical connection obscuring vision. Visor was not in use at time of failure. Vision forward was completely obscured until I was able to grab the visor and hold it out of the way.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #29

Jan 122016

Santa Fe

  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving at an unknown speed, the driver side sun visor opened, swayed from side to side, and failed to lock back in place. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. One day later, the visor completely fractured from the attachment point. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the visor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- St Mary's City, MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 172015

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 50 mph, the driver side sun visor detached and obstructed the driver side view. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side sun visor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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problem #27

Jul 292015

Santa Fe

  • 95,000 miles
As I was driving, the driver's side visor became detached unexpectedly and blocked my vision. Because it was attached by a wire (for the lighted mirror), it was dangling and I had to hold it up with one hand while trying to drive to a safe location to park. It was extremely difficult to hold the visor high enough out of the way and be able to drive. This was a very dangerous situation, which could have caused an accident, especially if I had been traveling at a faster speed, or cornering. Recall these visors before someone is seriously injured!

- Silverton, OR, USA

problem #26

Jun 152015

Santa Fe

  • 103,000 miles


I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden the drivers side sun visor was hanging by the mirror wires. Luckily it was held up somewhat with the clip. The plastic on the pivot side is cheap and cracked right off, there is no way to repair it and a replacement is $140. This is a known issue and there is a recall for the 2007 Hyundai sonata sun visors for the same issue

- Santaquin - Utah, UT, USA

problem #25

Nov 172014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Drivers side visor came down in heavy traffic thus blocking the view of the roadway. Visor ultimately fell completely off with only wires dangling. A crash was barely avoided had it not been accomplished by a young experienced female driver. Within 30 minutes the passenger side visor did the same although it held on by the wires. This occurred with a passenger occupying the seat. This situation in front of the driver nearly caused a pileup on the busiest stretch of freeway in reno Nevada know as the spaghetti bowl. According to other owners of the same type vehicle they have encountered a similar situation. Hyundai and the dealerships should be held accountable and libel for any such causes of past, present or future incidents and an immediate recall issued before any further loss of property or life. Documentation on the internet confirm that dealerships and manufacture are aware. Repair should be made at the manufacturers expense as this is a defect in workmanship and product. At least, an announcement to the public should be made regarding this extreme hazard to the driver and other motorists. This complaint has been documented 11/20/14.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #24

May 242014

Santa Fe

  • 118,000 miles
This is not the 1st time. My passenger sunvisor arm broke while I was driving and hit my passenger in the head. Several years ago my driver side sunvisor broke and hit me in the head while driving, very dangerous. I have researched this an apparently there is a defect and a recall for the 2007 sonata, but not the Santa Fe. Not sure why because it is the same problem and a known defect. This is very dangerous and expensive to replace. Please advise.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #23

May 122014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
As I was driving is a rain storm, my battery light came on. I lost my window defrosting capability, my lights dimmed and I had no power steering. I am not sure what else was affected at this time as I was just concentrating on getting home alive. When home, I opened the engine compartment and found that the crank shaft pulley had come apart. Lucky, it was laying on a small ledge in the car. This could have fallen off, damaged the engine compartment, fallen to the street and become a rolling piece of metal. If a woman had been driving(this is actually my girlfriends car), this would have been a dangerous situation.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 162013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 107,500 miles


I was driving and my gas gauge read empty, I went immediately to a gas station to fill it and it only took $8. after that the gas gauge would fluctuate full to empty whenever it felt like it. This was a serious defect because if I would have run out of gas on a highway going 55 mph, I would have lost control of the steering and brakes. My father has the exact Santa Fe and has the same exact problem; what are the chances 2 cars in the same family having the same defect? Hyundai would not take responsibly for the defect. If mine and my father's Santa fes have this problem, there have got to be others on the road with this serious defect. Also, my sun visor had little to no wear and tear; I pulled it down one day and it landed in my lap leaving the sun blaring into my eyes. Of all the cars I have ever owned, this has never been an issue for me.

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #21

Oct 252013

Santa Fe

  • 78,000 miles
While driving the sun visor fell down just hanging by the wires blocking my site of the road. I pushed the post back up into the hole and it fell again. It stays for a while but I never know when it will fall again. It is a safety hazard. Dealer says the visor must be replaced. It is out of warranty.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #20

May 302013

Santa Fe

  • 50,000 miles
The passenger side visor fell down. We popped it back in but could see the wires hanging out. We continued to pop it back in. Within a few weeks it eventually broke off and now it is not able to be used at all. Approximately 6 months later the drivers side visor has fallen down. I can currently pop it back it but it does not stay up long. I have never even had to replace a visor on a car before. You can see on both parts where the cheap plastic broke off. There is definitely and issue with these and there needs to be a recall. I am not confident in the part and fear that if I replace it the same thing will happen at my own expense.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Sep 022013

Santa Fe

  • miles
Driver side sun visor mount failed unexpectedly, causing the sun visor to fall down and dangle in front of the driver by the electric wire that runs inside the hinge. The visor dangled in front of the driver blocking the view, and startling the driver. Had to disassemble the visor hinge to remove the visor before the vehicle could be safely driven. Upon inspection it is clear that the visor hinge / ball joint is poorly designed, with a plastic tube less than 0.5mm thick holding the entire visor and forces while it is manipulated by the driver. It is a matter of time before they all fail. While passenger side failure is less dangerous, driver side is very dangerous and startling if occurs while driving. A google search demonstrated this to be a common problem experienced by many Hyundai owners of various models. This is a defective part design, and vehicles should be recalled so manufacturer can replace the visors with better designed versions.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 102013

Santa Fe

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the driver's side sun visor fractured and would hang abnormally, blocking the driver's vision of the roadway. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #17

Aug 162013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The drivers side sun visor broke while my pregnant wife was driving down the freeway. It came down blocking her line of site and nearly was in an accident as it was stop and go rush hour traffic. After researching, this has been an issue for years back to 2007 and there are endless posts about this issue. It appears Hyundai has done nothing about it except take money to replace it with the same defective part. The sonata had a recall on it, so clearly they know its an issue. It appears to be a design flaw, the plastic is very, very thin.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #16

Aug 052013

Santa Fe

  • 89,000 miles
Sunvisor fell off. Small plastic ring holding the sunvisor post broke allowing the visor to fall and block visibility. There are many posts on line commenting on the same issue.

- Fairmount, IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 302013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 119,100 miles
While driving on interstate 295 in New Jersey during the morning rush hour, the driverside sun visor detached from its mounting point and dropped into my line of driving vision. This event startled me and prevented me from seeing where I was driving. I moved to the highway shoulder and temporarily propped-up the sun visor to prevent my vision being blocked again. This could very well have been a serious accident if I had drifted into another lane of the interstate and sideswiped an 18-wheeler. Hyundai needs to issue a recall for all 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles to correct this issue. Having researched this on the internet, I see many instances of this happening. As an engineer, I see the sun visor support as both inadequate and poorly designed. Considering the potential consequences from a blocking of vision, I would find Hyundai to be both negligent and irresponsible if a recall were not immediately issued for the defect.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #14

Mar 012012

Santa Fe

  • 90,000 miles
At approximately 90000 miles, the passenger side sun visor would no longer stay "up". it began hanging down, with the wires exposed. We did not take it to a dealer, but removed the visor. Now, at 150000 miles, the drivers side visor did the same thing while driving, impairing the driver's visibility. I had to hold it up out my view until I arrived home.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #13

Jun 272013

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the sun visor failed and became separated from the plastic mount holder, causing the sun visor to hang by the wires. The sun visors were also obstructing the contact's view of the roadway. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The sun visor was not replaced. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the approximate current mileage was 70,500.

- Forth Worth, TX, USA

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