Notes: The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe has a problem with the engine stalling while driving. Both our data & the NHTSA's complaint data show a significant defect trend at low mileage.

In a 2-page letter sent August 2014 to Santa Fe owners, 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

May 082015

Santa Fe

  • 29,000 miles


Purchased 2011 Santa Fe w/ 29000 miles on 5/15/2015. Noted excessive rust on rear suspension and frame components, particularly at weld joints and on suspension members - to the extent that I am concerned about vehicle safety. Had vehicle inspected at twin city Hyundai in knoxville and received evasive answer about how it was a New York car and that the level of corrosion was basically to be expected. No offer to conduct any repair work. Vehicle is in warranty and has been meticulously cared for in all respects (interior, engine bay, and other body work is excellent). I grew up in Colorado and have never seen corrosion this extensive on any vehicle and do not find the dealer response acceptable. Corrosion resistance preparation during manufacture appears to be inadequate.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 262012

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
First of all I know our 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is not made in usa, it is a Korean 2.4 L, 7 seater bought in panama. I wrote to the Hyundai complaint website and they very politely answered that the car was a non-us model and they sent me a link to a website where I could file the complaint. I did it but I have not received an answer, yet. My first problem after the crash was the unavailability of parts for repairing the car. I filed a complaint with our local consumer authority here in panama. Our car was in the shop for more than 9 months, its running now but still some parts missing. The issue is that after getting the car back from the shop I received a call from our local Hyundai dealer (petroautos) telling me about the campaign of the faulty brake switch (just as in the us models) and that I had to take the car to the dealer. So I looked up in internet and I find several recalls related to the brakes. I took the car to the dealer and they changed the switch. So IM wondering if this was related to the crash because I always had my doubts of what happened when I braked that day. Finally there was a crash and although I know this may only be for your information or files, and that you can't help me; please take this into account for your evaluations. Thanks.

- Panama, AA, USA

problem #1

Jun 112013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
On June 11, 2013 I was driving my 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe. I was in a parking lot and had pulled into a parking place. I was stopped and putting my car into park. As I reach neutral my car accelerated fast...this was more then a lunge forward, it was more like a power surge. My car continued forward at a very fast speed, despite my braking ( there were skid marks) and hit a wall. I ended up with lots of massive bruising and sprained muscles. Plus I was very frightened. There was lots of damage to my car. It was towed to the dealership, where I purchased it. It is sill in their body shop. A few days after the accident I checked the internet to see if anyone else had this problem. There were lots & lots of examples of this, sudden unintended acceleration problem, with the 2011 Santa Fe. I don't see any responses from Hyundai. This problem has to be dealt with.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

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