Notes: The 2012 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 to owners in 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,174 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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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052014

Santa Fe

  • 15,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph and coming upon a red light, the contact attempted to stop the vehicle by applying the brakes. The contact indicated that while pressing the break pedal the vehicle initially slowed down but the vehicle would not stop causing the vehicle to crash into the rear of a second vehicle. No injuries were reported. A police report was taken at the scene. The contact also indicated that the airbags did not deploy during the crash. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 15,000. Jft

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 022013

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 37,347 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guard rail. The driver's air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure and current mileage was 37,347...updated 01-10-14

- Springfield, GA, USA

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