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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,130 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.

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe miscellaneous problems

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 132016

Santa Fe

  • 93,000 miles


While driving the vehicle and turning onto a side street the engine shut off. There was no indication as to what happened, no check engine light and no error codes showed up. This is apparently a problem Hyundai is aware of and there is a class action lawsuit pending however it only covers model years 2010-2012.

- Orefield, PA, USA

problem #9

Jun 222016

Santa Fe

  • 108,000 miles
On several occasions the fuel gauge is not registering that there is gas after having filled the tank to capacity. It is impossible to know if the car has gas or not.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #8

Apr 162016

Santa Fe

  • 64,500 miles
There has been numerous instances when my vehicle has a full tank and during driving the gauge suddenly indicate an empty tank. The check engine light comes on on further investigation I have discovered that this is a common issue with this make vehicle. I am afraid of travelling I believe that this issue needs to be investigated as it could cause a safety issue for drivers who make the assumption that this is only a sensor problem and continue driving and suddenly stall in the middle of the road.

- Rosedale, Queens, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 222015

Santa Fe

  • 106,000 miles


Vehicle caught fire while parked in the driveway. Vehicle had not been driven for approximately 4 hours.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 142015

Santa Fe

  • 106,000 miles
I noticed that when I was in park, the car would just shut off. This happened three times within a few week's time. I was concerned and wondered if the car would ever just shut off while I was driving on the freeway or a busy street. To my horror, it happened! a few days ago I was turning into a parking lot and the car just shut off!...there was a car behind me that came to a screeching halt! again my greatest fear is that the car will stall on me while the vehicle is in motion and if that happens on a road where cars are travelling at high speeds, then I would probably not live to tell the story.

- Lathrup Village, MI, USA

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problem #5

Nov 012015

Santa Fe

  • 88,000 miles
Only 85K miles on the Hyundai used for normal driving. The fuel gauge/sensors have begun acting erratic. Filled the gas tank and gauge showed full. Very next morning gauge down to a quarter tank. Purchased gas and only needed 3 gallons. Fuel gauge all over the place and not measuring gas correctly. Creates an unsafe condition as driver does not reliably know how much fuel is available. Many issues like this according to posts on internet. Hyundai has a systematic problem and should repair free of charge.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #4

Oct 102015

Santa Fe

  • 77,450 miles


We were exiting West bound I-10 in pensacola, fl, and when turning right onto the surface road at slow speed the engine died and we lost power including steering and brakes. We were able to pull off of the road into a restaurant parking lot and restart the car, but had a close call with suddenly reduced speed in merging traffic. This is the second time this has happened to us in this car. The first incident was in Aug, 2013 and was reported as incident report #1053149. At that time, the dealer was unable to reproduce the issue, so no repair was made. We believe that this is a safety issue and should be investigated.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 112015

Santa Fe

  • 70,333 miles
At around 4:50 pm on August 11, 2015, my wife was driving our 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe limited 2wd 4 door wagon North-bound on second avenue, through the intersection of second avenue and foothill boulevard in upland, California. While crossing the intersection the Hyundai Santa Fe was struck by a car entering the intersection from the West. The impact to the Hyundai Santa Fe by the other car was severe enough to cause the Hyundai Santa Fe to be a total loss. Additionally, my wife suffered soft tissue injuries to her hip, shoulder, back and right temple (head). While the impact to the Hyundai Santa Fe wagon was severe enough to cause the vehicle to be a total loss and cause injuries to my wife, none of the front or side impact air-bags deployed. The car is now in the possession of the automobile club of southern California (claim number 012002790. I took some pictures of the damage to the vehicles, which I can provide if requ

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 202013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I was a passenger in the vehicle when it crashed into a fire hydrant doing approximately 40mph. The seatbelt failed to lock and the airbags failed to deploy. The car has major damage to the underbody, front-end, the inside of the vehicle dash, the motor mounts, engine and other damages are unknown at this time.

- Ft. Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 242010

Santa Fe

  • 14,012 miles
On March 24, 2010, my co-worker and I were in my 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe when it suddenly accelerated. I pushed the brake to the floor and it would not slow down. I then put on the emergency brake. Both feet were extended to the floor holding these brakes down. The car did slow down but would not stop. I had to take a left turn across the highway (there was fortunately a break in the traffic), I put the car in park and turned off the engine. It made a very loud noise that lasted about 10 seconds or so. We jumped out of the car as if it were on fire. It's currently at the sheehy dealership in waldorf, md. We are awaiting their diagnosis.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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