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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,450 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.

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012015

Santa Fe

  • 64,000 miles


On 3 separate occasions my vehicle would rev up the RPM's and then slow way down and vehicle paused for about 5-10 seconds then reengaged. Also, the engine seems accelerates and slows down on its own, doesn't feel like taking fuel at times. My complaint sounds similar to NHTSA id# 10744564, however, my vehicle did not make a loud sound from underneath. I have had my 60000 mi service completed and issue presented afterwards. Luckily, these 3 incidents happened on low volume traffic streets. I have had service after at different Hyundai dealers without explanation.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012013

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 50,900 miles
I bought the car in late March 2013 and the mileage was around 50,800. Every since then it periodically hesitates to accelerate from a stop or sometimes when the car is rolling forward very slowly. In every case the gas peddle (throttle) is fully released and when I push on the gas peddle, nothing happens. The motor does not speed up, the throttle is not engaging anything. Several times I pushed the peddle half the way to the floor, and nothing happened. Then all at once, it catches, and the car takes off at a high rate of speed. The car is not "coding" so the brunswick, ga Hyundai dealing will not repair what is wrong. And naturally it has not happened the few time they have driven the car. This is a highly dangerous situation that could result in death when pulling out from a stop on to a busy road. It is nerve racking to think, this might be the time the car won't move! I took a quick look at the data base of complaints and this same complaint is in your data base. Again it is a periodic happening which makes it more dangerous.

- Jesup, GA, USA

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