2010 Hyundai Santa Fe lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

CarComplaints.com 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,551 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 #5

Dec 312016

Santa Fe

  • 53,000 miles


This is an addendum to complaint # 10938417 now, the drl will not turn on as stated in the prii0or complaint, Hyundai says there is a sensor ij the rear view mirror but both the sensor or rear view mirror are no longer available rendering the drl's as useless and could subject me to a ticket

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 012012

Santa Fe

  • 20,000 miles
The headlight lens housings (2) have deteriorated to the point that the headlights fail to properly light the road. This not a case of the housings yellowing but rather the housing material has developed fractures and is crumbling on the interior and exterior. There is no method to correct this fracturing. This manufacturing defect has been reported to the Hyundai dealer repeatedly over the last four years.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 272012

Santa Fe

  • 30,000 miles
Purchased vehicle brand new, the rear brake lights failed and I was rear ended @ 65 mph. Vehicle suffered $14,000 in damage with a bent frame. The value of my vehicle is now diminished drastically and it is reported in car fax report. Approximately 2 years later vehicle was recalled for faulty brake lights and the brake switch was replaced at the dealership. I should not suffer financial loss due to negligent parts that were manufactured and installed on this vehicle.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 242014

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 64,755 miles
Santa Fe blinker switch on steering column started smoking. I have a video as evidence of the smoke and mileage of the vehicle. Hyundai refused to fix the problem at no cost even though it was a clear and present danger to me and my family. Blinkers started staying on at all times when ignition was on. Blinkers would go left and go right, but when in the center position the left turn signal stayed on or the audible part of the blinkers could be heard with no signal light. Smoke came from the steering column and the vehicle smelled and still smells of an electrical fire. I took a video that clearly shows smoke coming from the blinker switch in the steering column. Please ask if you would like a copy of the video. I called Hyundai customer service and told them and I also asked to the dealership to take care of it. Both refused and said that the vehicle was out of warranty by 4,755 miles and they would do nothing even though my family was in clear danger. They charged me $179 to fix a problem that was obviously a defect in their parts and is a danger in both being engulfed in flames and getting into an accident from faulty signals and intentions being sent to other drivers on the highway.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 162010

Santa Fe

  • 0 miles
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe, at night using low beam headlights there is a shadow about three quarters down the windshield this only happens at night on a dark roads, on lighted roads it is not as bad, we took the car back to the dealership about three weeks ago and still waiting for an answer.

- Sandylake, PA, USA

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