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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,429 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 #7

Aug 072016

Santa Fe

  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. While slowing down to a stop from 25 mph, a knocking sound emitted from the engine. In addition, the gear shifter failed to go into the drive and reverse position and the engine felt as if it had detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the axle, transmission strip, power train, and drive shaft failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V261000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #6

Jul 262016

Santa Fe

  • 60,000 miles
Front driver's side coil spring has broken at 60000 miles. Prior service campaign 926 - spring protector installation had been performed at 8600 miles. The broken spring was first noticed after experiencing low frequency rattling noise while going over bumps.

- Dunlap, IL, USA

problem #5

May 152015

Santa Fe

  • 53,000 miles
Right front axle..tire rod broke and I crashed into a building. It's the right front side that is defective.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #4

Aug 222014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


While driving heard a load noise in the front left of the car, then a rubbing noise. Upon inspection it was determined that the front left spring coil had broken. The tip of the broken spring was right up against my tire. If driven any further the spring could have shredded the tire and caused an accident.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 042014

Santa Fe

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would make a loud clanking noise from the rear end. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 76,000.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

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problem #2

Nov 212012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Rear tires exhibit extensive "cupping" which suggests defective suspension parts at the rear of the vehicle. Inferior parts or design are suspected as the defect appears bilaterally.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #1

May 032012

Santa Fe

  • miles
Front spring broke. Creates potential to cause loss of control at highway speeds. Read many instances of this on Hyundai vehicles. Company only replaces broken spring, refusing to change out other side proactively.

- Easton, NH, USA

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