Notes: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe apparently has a problem with the engine stalling while driving.

In a 2-page letter to Santa Fe owners from 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.

Although the model year range in the lawsuit is 2010-2012, the stalling complaint trend hasn't shown up in our data for the 2010 model year. Both the 2011 & 2012 Santa Fe model years DO show a significant defect trend of the engine stalling.

Currently we're not rating the 2010 Santa Fe as "bad" or "poor". Just be aware of this potentially serious problem.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,800 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.

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 252012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


Vehicle was being driven in the rain from savannah ga to jacksonville fl, outside temperature apx 80 degrees, with air conditioning on. Air conditioning abruptly ceased blowing cold air and started blowing hot, humid air, which fogged all windows from the inside. Suddenly lowered visibility causes driving hazard. This has occurred several times before with this vehicle when (1) it is hot outside, (2) the air conditioning is on, (3) it is raining, (4) the car has been driving for apx 30 to 45 minutes. Remedy is to pull off the road, turn off the engine, wait 5-10 minutes, then restart car. Air works normally for another 30-45 minutes then same problem re-occurs, but pulling to the side of an interstate also causes a safety problem. There is an online litany of similar problems from other owners of this vehicle at Hyundai customer service refuses to acknowledge the problem exists, told me this morning they had never received a complaint on it before, and local dealer refuses to repair it.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 092010

Santa Fe

  • 8,600 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the windshield became foggy to the point where she could not see the road. The defrost would not clear the windshield. The dealer stated that the defrost was working as designed. The failure was excessive during rainy weather conditions. Hyundai stated that there was nothing they could do. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were 8600.

- Wentzville , MO, USA

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