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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,140 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.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 102010

Santa Fe

  • 1,167 miles


Tire pressure light comes on and off. Went to dealer four times on this issue and was advised that this is normal as the tire pressure sensor can be affected by high voltage power lines, radio frequency from an airport, a policy station, an internal electronic device attached, etc. Etc. However, understand from my friends who drive Toyota and Honda that this issue does not exist.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012010

Santa Fe

  • 5,112 miles
Since purchasing a new 2010 Hyundai sante fe AWD in May 2010, there has been a problem with it's tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in November 2010 and a reoccurrence now in February 2011. I was so upset that I wrote the manufacturer directly and its now being overseen by the Hyundai East coast regional office--but still no resolution.

- Flushing, NY, USA

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