really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,473 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #7

May 212015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owned a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, a tractor trailer collided into the driver side of the contacts vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt failed to restraint the contact. A police report was filed. The contact sustained severe injuries to his chest and back. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was towed and seemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 03/16/16 updated 03/22/16.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 282015

Santa Fe

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the rear seat belts failed to lock while trying to attach a child safety seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the latching mechanism would not engage. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 122015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 136,400 miles
Driver's side seat belt comes unlatched when hitting certain bumps. Vehicle is out of warranty so dealer wouldn't replace it and Hyundai has no recall. Guess Hyundai is waiting for sufficient people to be killed in accidents before addressing the problem. Sounds like the GM ignition switch debacle.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #4

Dec 032012

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • 199,000 miles


My seat belt all-of-A-sudden started popping out after being snapped in place. It has done this a number of times since last week. Yesterday, it must have done it about five times. I have to keep snapping it in place and tugging on it to make sure it is secure. It is especially unnerving when it occurs while driving. You may lean to the side and all-of-A-sudden it pops out. I never know when it will happen, but my greatest concern it may fail when I need it most, like in an accident.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012010

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
In my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, the drivers side seat belt receiver, female part, has worn out twice in 99,000 miles. The first time it was under warranty, the second time I had to pay. I have never had a seat belt receiver ware out before. This is a serious defect that NHTSA should address.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

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problem #2

Nov 042008

Santa Fe

  • 66,755 miles
I have a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The rear center seat belt was never used by anyone. We just kept it clipped to the attachment on the seat. It quit working about 6 months ago. Recently, the right rear passenger seat belt began having intermittent problems staying latched. My 6 year old son sits in that seat so I was very concerned. I took my car in to the dealership where I bought it and they said the warranty ran out on seat belts 4 months ago so I would have to pay to have them replaced. I don't' understand how a safety issues such as a defective seat belt is not covered. It is obvious that the center seat belt was not due to wear and tear since no ever sat there. I am having these to seat belts replaced at my cost. So far the left rear seat belt has not shown any signs of defect. I have an 8 yr old son that sits there. I don't know if I should replace that too. What is my guarantee that seat belt is going to work in a collision? obviously there is something wrong with these seat belts. I have never had a vehicle where the seat belts just quit working after 5 years. There is something seriously wrong here.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 242003

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157 miles
The airbag indicator would not go out after start of engine. Brought car back to dealer where I was advised that due to a short in the seat belt pretensioner that the circuit that tied the airbags with the sensors in the bumpers etc. Would keep the airbags from deploying. Dealer indicated they were ordering a new part to replace the seat belt pretensioner and furnished me with a loaner. They did not want me to drive the car in this condition since it would take 2 days to get a new part.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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