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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
600 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 182011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles


In rainy humid conditions, the air conditioning compressor will shut down causing warm air to blow inside the car cabin. This immediately causes the windows to fog up causing a very dangerous driving condition. This has now happened 5 times since owning the car. If you turn the car off, let it rest for a few minutes, then turn back on the air compressor will work again but only for the short time. We have taken the car to the dealership and they cannot duplicate the problem. Again it only happens when it's humid and raining outside. After numerous searches on the internet, it seems that I am not the only person this is happening to. Hyundai has a serious problem and they should do a recall to fix this!

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 172010

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 2,400 miles
The front windows fogged completely during an rain storm of high intensity, the airconditioning system was on and working until the high humidity and rain overtook the system this situation happened at night on busy freeway making this a very dangerous situation as the side windows also started to fog, this has happened several times each time the A/C compressor seems to quit working....also pulling the vehicle over and shutting it down for 5 to 10 minutes seems to clear it up...the common factors were high humidity, temperature drop, rain.....the first time temp was 65degf second 55degf third 64degf...

- Broken Arrow , OK, USA

problem #2

Dec 192010

Santa Fe

  • 0 miles
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe, I reported a problem yesterday about a shadow on the front windshield, upon further looking at the problem we have come to the conclusion that the low beam headlights is causing all the problem, this is a safety issue, when driving at night on dark streets or highways your visibility is cut by three quarters, some one would have toi take the car out to see this problem.

- Sandylake, PA, 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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