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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,900 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.

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 262015

Santa Fe

  • 24,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was turning into a parking lot doing about 5mph when the vehicle suddenly accelerated to a high rate of speed, took me over a cement barrier, a curb, went airborne, landed in a bush which it tore in half and took with me, across the sidewalk and spun in the middle of a busy intersection before the tire blew off the rim and I got it to stop. It was towed to the dealership where it has been for one month as Hyundai dragged their heels until I got angry and emailed them. Two days after I emailed them I got the following leaving me with the repairs as well as paying for the rental for a month. Thank you for your recent correspondence. We have thoroughly reviewed your comments and regret the circumstances you have experienced. We have reviewed the materials provided and inspected your Santa Fe. The entire acceleration system, including the pedals and throttle, the brake system, and the transmission were thoroughly reviewed and checked. We were unable to find any malfunctions or defects that would have resulted in the condition you claim caused your accident.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012

Santa Fe

  • 8,000 miles
After driving the vehicle for approximately 7500 miles I notice an unpleasant odor that smells like melted plastic. It's not the new car smell and at times it can make one nauseous. It is intensified when accelerated. August 2012 (purchased the vehicle June 2012) reported the smell to the Hyundai service department at sport durst. I was informed that possibly a "plastic bag" has gotten stuck on the bottom of the car and will burn off. December 2012, I once again informed them of this uncomfortable smell. I can not ride in the vehicle with the outside air coming in because I can smell the melted plastic no matter what state, city, or time of day the nauseating smell is there. The cabin air filter has been changed, the oil has been changed and the way I drive has been changed and even under very slow acceleration the smell is there. The vehicle was taken in June 2013 and still nothing has been done. I nor other passengers or other drivers should not have to smell this burnt smell.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #3

May 262013

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 14,900 miles
Hi, I am sending this paper due to the unexpected flattened tire accident on 81 I highway in May 26, 2013 2 pm. The tire was suddenly flattened while I was driving in 65~75 mph, so it was a life threatening accident. I really didn't expect this to happen because I had an inspection in maguire a week before the accident occurred. At first, I thought that my tire got impaled by the nail; however, the inspector in maguire couldn't find any nail. Surprisingly, the tire wasn'┐┐T leaking anymore after it was refilled again. He and his co-worker tried it several times to make sure it wasn't leaking, and it sure wasn't leaking according to their several attempts. I asked maguire to take responsibility for this weird accident, but they said that the fault is to Hyundai not them, while Hyundai customer service told me that the responsibility is kumho tire's. therefore, I asked kumho to take responsibility for my accident and asked the money for the repairing cost of my car. They first claimed that the tire has no technical problem since there is no more air leaking, so they can't pay the repairment cost. Nonetheless, the tire was flattened, which is an unchangeable fact, so I asked once more to take responsibility of my accident. After several attempts, they finally agreed to inspect the tire and send two tires to me. I also agreed at first, but I figured that I can'┐T really trust them for an honest inspection. I found similar ┐flattened tire cases in the internet, so I decided to send it to nhsta for accurate and through inspection. Please help me and many other people who have similar cases to find a reason for a "┐┐no hole, yet somehow flattened tire. Thank you. P.S I have inspection papers that I got before an accident and after the accident. I will attach these papers and send a tire if you need a close inspection.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 042013

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 6,300 miles
In stop and go traffic, I took my foot off the brake to coast towards the car in front of me. This pattern had been going on for several miles. I was not touching the accelerator and in fact, my foot was not on the brake either, and the car suddenly accelerated full throttle. I had just a couple of seconds to try to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of me. I swerved to the right, towards the shoulder, but I hit the truck in front of me. I was braking the entire time, but it was not enough to stop the sudden unintended acceleration. My left bumper hit his truck on the right hand side of his bumper. My radiator was damaged and leaked all the fluid out onto the highway. The car was not drivable because of the radiator.

- Hudson Oaks, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 042013

Santa Fe

  • 6,300 miles
In stop and go traffic, I took my foot off the brake to coast towards the car in front of me. This pattern had been going on for several miles. I was not touching the accelerator and in fact, my foot was not on the brake either, and the car suddenly accelerated full throttle. I had just a couple of seconds to try to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of me. I swerved to the right, towards the shoulder, but I hit the truck in front of me. I was braking the entire time, but it was not enough to stop the sudden unintended acceleration. My left bumper hit his truck on the right hand side of his bumper. My radiator was damaged and leaked all the fluid out onto the highway. The car was not drivable because of the radiator.

- Hudson Oaks, TX, USA

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