really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,262 miles

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012010

Santa Fe

  • 37,525 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) passenger went to exit the vehicle and got their hand cut by a sharp edge on the door handle. It appears that the chrome-plating has turned into a sharp edge, similar to a razor-blade (identical to what occurred in NHTSA action # PE08071 on the Hyundai sonata). I have temporarily taped the sharp area, since both the dealer and Hyundai customer service refuse to acknowledge the danger of this problem, and refuse to replace the handle at no charge. They tell me that since there is no recall and the vehicle is out of warranty, they will not change the defective (unsafe) handle even though my other three handles are perfectly fine. Hyundai complaint filed (twice), latest date was 3/10/2010 case #[xxx].

- East Islip, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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