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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has a problem with the engine stalling while driving. Both our data & the NHTSA's complaint data show a significant defect trend at low mileage.
In a 2-page letter to owners in August 2014, Hyundai claims the engine stalling only occurs under a "specific set of operating conditions".
However a class action lawsuit filed around the same time details multiple claims from Sante Fe owners that claim the engine stalling happens at any time, under any conditions.
Worst 2012 Santa Fe Problems by Category
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- engine problems32NHTSA complaints: 100
- interior accessories problems5NHTSA complaints: 2
- AC / heater problems4
- drivetrain problems3NHTSA complaints: 19
- lights problems3NHTSA complaints: 3
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 1
- electrical problems2NHTSA complaints: 17
- body / paint problems1NHTSA complaints: 5
- miscellaneous problems1NHTSA complaints: 2
- transmission problems1
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- windows / windshield problems1
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 20
- steering problemsNHTSA: 9
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 7
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 4
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