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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,176 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Feb 192010

Santa Fe

  • miles


(intermittent issue)radio stays on after shutting off ignition and removing key. It shuts off briefly when car door is opened, but when you shut car door, the radio and clock come back on. I am concerned of electrical issues in my vehicle, which could potentially start a fire by remaining on. Also, my power windows, by pushing the button after the key is removed can also move up and down(intermittent issue). To try and correct the radio issue, I have removed the cable from the usb port (for ipod usage) while the car is on, turned off the engine, removed the key and the radio & clock are still on. I have reviewed websites and have not found that there are any recalls or issues. I don't know if this is part of the vehicle's features that are normal, it just doesn't seem right.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 092009

Santa Fe

  • 1,370 miles
Hyundai Santa Fe purchased on 12 Sept 2009. Dvd screen not functioning, could hear movie not see it. Dealership replaced screen in October 2009. Since then, the dvd rse system has intermittently changed from dvd to xm or cd at will. Rear passengers are not able to reach the dvd buttons due to age and child safety seats. Rse is locked from front controls. Dvd system continues to switch from dvd to xm or cd at least once per day causing the passengers to be blasted with high volume music. In October 2009, the internal electrical control system (for doors and windows and such) was replaced and the alarm system was reset (it kept arming itself randomly). In November 2009, the alarm system was reset again and the dvd problem was brought to mechanics attention again. Alarm system was fixed but they could not replicate the dvd problem. Took car in again 16 January 2010, was told intertwining outside radio signals and the fact I work on a military base were causing the dvd to switch. Ft sam houston, tx is mainly a medical training military base. Mechanic replicated problem but later told shop manager that he couldn't replicate the problem with out driving in town where I normally drive. Mechanic and repair shop manager stated it could not be a loose plug or wiring it was the radio signals. This occurs at random and I thought it was from bumps in the road until it continued to happen when driver was not touching the steering wheel or radio controls, at stop lights, and on smooth roads. I researched this problem and found a blog on edmunds stating Hyundai has know about this and audio problems since 2007 but nothing will fix dvd problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 042009

Santa Fe

  • 1,200 miles
My 2009 Hyundai sante fe just purchased with 50 miles on in 07/29/09, blew up on me while I was driving and totally burned the front and engine. I have an evaluation from 21st century appraisers required by geico whom diagnosed a total loss. Valuescope geico claim services market report report reference number: 42157015 adjuster: Huffman-parent, brad claim reference: 0180834550101087-01 geico C-code: Cag605 loss incident date: 09/04/2009 date submitted: 09/10/2009 insured: Lawson owner: Cleo lawson policy number: 0311588404 appraiser: Huffman-parent, brad introduction geico has conducted an inspection of your 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4X2 gls 4 door sports utility located in Oklahoma city, ok. The inspection information was then used to conduct research in your local market to determine the market value of your vehicle. The local market value of your vehicle was defined by the zip code 73114 -- Oklahoma city, ok the recommended settlement amount based on the loss vehicle description provided by geico is $18,369.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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