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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,500 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.

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202012

Santa Fe

  • 7,000 miles


About 10 minutes in to a trip all of a sudden the windshield started fogging up. The climate control panel was in auto, blend with part of the air going to windshield, part to floorboard, temp set to 72degrees engine was fully warm, and we were at 55mph. The fogging was not gradual, from the time I noticed the windshield starting to fog, until visibility was significantly reduced all the way to the dash was less than 2 minutes. It was if a system had shut off. I activated the front defrost button, , high fan to clear the window and it actually was worse for a few seconds. I turned up the heat to 85, and the windshield started clearing. This issue has been reported by others. Weather outside temp about 45 degrees, light rain. When the trip started the windshield was perfectly clean and clear of any interior fog.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 292011

Santa Fe

  • 10,000 miles
While driving on the interstate highway a heavy rainstorm began. It was very humid and the temperature was moderate. Within a few moments the defrost became overwhelmed and our visiblity decreased to a dangerous level. We had to drive with the windows open in order to get enough air moving to remove the condensation from the front window. This has happened on two other occassions since. The dealership tells us nothing is wrong with the vehicle.

- Findlay, OH, USA

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