really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,550 miles

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 282011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the interior door handles were designed as chrome over plastic and the chrome fractured.. the failure was causing the edges to be exposed, which were extremely sharp. When the contact's attempted to exit the vehicle she cut her hand when she grabbed the door handle. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure and current mileage was 52,000. Updated 05/03/11 the consumer stated the door handles were designed as chrome over a non-metallic substrate. Over time, the chrome cracked and curled up, thus forming razor sharp edges which could not be observed when the handle was in its normal position. Updated 05.11.11

- Kissimee, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 102007

Santa Fe

  • 31,000 miles
The chrome plate on the drivers door handle on my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe has cracked and split. Everytime I open the door to leave the car the handle slices my hand. It's as sharp as a razor blade. I have put tape around it but this is just a temporary fix. My warranty has run out so I don't know what options I may have.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 152009

Santa Fe

  • miles
The chrome plate on the passenger door handle on my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe has worn down and cracked. Everytime the door handle is used that crack serves as a razor blade and cuts my passenger's hands. This crack is on the top of the door handle. After hearing about the recall of the 2002-2003 sonatas that are experiencing the same problem. I feel that this recall may need to be expanded to other Hyundai vehicles that are experiencing this same problem.

- Irvington, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 262008

Santa Fe

  • 63,200 miles
I purchased a used 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe in Aug/2005 from a Hyundai dealership (# ). in Aug/2006, the airbag light came on. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the results were "code B1382 psab resistance high - resecure connector under the passenger seat/clear code". in Feb/2008, the airbag sensor again appeared. The same technical code was detected, and the dealership resolution was to "reroute wire harness". in Mar/2008, the airbag light again appeared and was serviced by the dealership. In Nov/2008, the vehicle was again taken to the dealership due to the airbag light appearing. At the time of service in Nov/2008, the vehicle was out of warranty. The dealership indicated they would not fix the airbag free of charge under the warranty, at which time, they were informed that a complaint would be filed under the California lemon law due to repeat fixes for the same issue. The dealership then fixed the issue. On Nov. 26, 2008, the vehicle was hit in a high-speed rear end collision (~35mph) while at a stop light and pushed into an intersection, where it broadsided a moving vehicle. As a result of the impacts, the Hyundai was totaled, all rear seated passengers sustained injury due to the spare tire being lifted from the initial impact and raising the 60/40 split rear seat and pushing it forward, the front passenger received chest contusions and the driver of the vehicle sustained upper body injuries. Despite being pushed forward and making a strong impact, the airbags failed to deploy. I requested Hyundai investigate the matter, and they determined that although the front right of the vehicle was damaged from the secondary impact, it was not sufficient to warrant airbag deployment. I researched complaints from other Hyundai owners regarding repeated airbag sensor light repairs and other airbag failures, including stories of crashes into poles with failed airbags. Hyundai has not issued any recall, but they probably should.

- Northridge, CA, USA

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