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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,888 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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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 292014

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles


I had made a left hand turn and went to accelerate and the vehicle kept accelerating and the engine revved up, I tried to push the brake to slow the vehicle down and it would not slow down or stop. The engine revved up and finally after a few moments the gas pedal came unstuck. The car slowed down and I pulled over. Later that day my son drove the vehicle and it happened twice to him when he went to accelerate he said it just kept accelerating and he said he kept hitting the brakes until the care went back to normal. I did take it to the dealership where they said nothing was wrong with my vehicle. I did do a google search and it seems that other owners of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe reported the same exact problem.

- Eden, UT, USA

problem #6

Sep 082011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 15,292 miles
My rear brakes were making noise so I scheduled an appointment.the rear brake pads were sticking to the rotors overheating the rotors. Both the rear pads & rotors needed to be replaced. I could not understand why this happened so soon so I called the owner of the dealership. Owner said it was due to the hilly area where I lived. I have lived in the area for about 30 years so I asked why I never had to change my brakes on other new cars I had bought at the dealership until well after 30,000 miles. He had no answer. What a joke! the only conclusion that I can arrive at is that there is a defect and Hyundai does not want to pay for it. This is my third Hyundai and I have not had problems with the other models, a 2002 sonata and a 2010 elantra.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 242011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,773 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that she heard a squeaking noise coming from the rear end of the vehicle while driving. The contact also saw smoke coming from the rear end of the vehicle. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and stated that the rotors overheated because the rotors were not properly greased. The dealer replaced the rear brake pads and rotors. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repairs. The failure mileage was 20,773 and the current mileage was not available. Updated 02/09/12 updated 02/13/12

- Townsend, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 142011

Santa Fe

  • miles


Lots of squealing from the car for over a month. Brake pads needed to be replaced even though there is barely 16,000 miles on the car. The mechanic I took it to said one brake pad in particular was very worn out. This should not be happening to a car with this little mileage.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #3

Jan 282011

Santa Fe

  • 12,000 miles
In cold weather (10-15 deg.) brakes are very soft/spongy. Need to depress brakes nearly to the floor before the vehicle will stop on dry pavement. After driving and pumping the brakes, they come back but not to normal condition. Dealer has had the vehicle for 3 days and says there is nothing wrong.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 172010

Santa Fe

  • 12,650 miles
While turning the steering wheel of my SUV to pull into a parking space in a large grocery store parking lot, the SUV involuntarily accelerated forward at a great amount of speed. I applied the brake firmly, but the SUV continued to speed forward into the parking space. My fear was that there was a car immediately in front of me that was parked facing in. I assumed that the only way I was going to stop was if I crashed head on with the car opposite me. Fortunately, I had the brake almost to the floor of the SUV when it finally lurched to a stop. I then called the dealership who sent a tow truck to pick up the vehicle. It has been at the dealership since approximately 4:30 P.M. on Friday, December 17, 2010. The dealership said they would look at it today, Monday, December 20. I have yet to hear from them this morning.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152010

Santa Fe

  • 13,500 miles
When brake pedal is applied the vehicle does not stop right away.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

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