really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,022 miles

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 082016

Santa Fe

  • 34,500 miles


A friend and I were traveling from richmond, tx to port aransas, tx on Friday, April 8, 2016 when the panoramic sunroof spontaneously shattered in corpus christi (on the crosstown expressway - sh 286). It sounded like a gunshot and then the plastic roof covering started to flap indicating the roof had been damaged. We were not following closely behind another vehicle and neither of us noticed a rock or any other object in front of us. After the initial frightening noise, I quickly pulled off the freeway and onto the feeder road pulling into a gas station. The roof had shattered into small pieces. We were able to find a Hyundai dealership in corpus christi not far from where the incident took place and slowly made our way there. The manager at that location told us he had known of this happening to the Hyundai veloster panoramic roofs. He arranged a rental agreement for a temporary sub vehicle and we were able to continue to our destination. At this moment (Monday, April 11, 2016), my Santa Fe is being assessed at the corpus chrisit dealership. Outcome unknown. Two photos included of damage.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 232015

Santa Fe

  • 24,000 miles
Going on side street at 25mph when car suddenly lost control then hit a car tire on the right of the vehicle but then rolled over on its head. Side air bags deployed but not drive air bag. This car has to be unstable to hit another car on the side (see pics) and overturn. Besides, there are already recalls on some Santa Fe sport for cracked axles and bad tires......updated 12/03/15

- Taylorsville, UT, USA

problem #8

Jun 152015

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 33,222 miles
Driving down the highway at 70 mph and the sunroff just exploded. It sounded like a gunshot went off. Luckily the sunroff cover was closed on the inside, outherwise I would have been covered in shattered glass. Temperature outside was 93 degrees and sunny......updated 11/13/15 updated 1/4/2016

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #7

Apr 152015

Santa Fe

  • 33,197 miles


As I was traveling East on a main road, I turned left on to a secondary road at a very low rate of speed. I was completely shocked by the impact of my vehicle with a vehicle that was in the opposite lane, headed in a southerly direction. Prior to the collision I had no awareness of the presence of a vehicle stopped in that location, as the vehicle was completely obliterated from my view by the left side view mirror. I believe that the exaggerated size of the mirror, and the location of its position made it impossible for me to have a clear, unobstructed view in that situation. I feel the design/placement of the mirror was definitely a contributing factor in this accident.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 122015

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While traveling at 70 mph a loud explosion was heard and the panoramic sunroof exploded covering me and my passenger in shattered glass causing minor cuts to one of us. No object appeared to hit the car. Glass covered the occupants as well as any following vehicles potentially causing damage. No object was found to indicate that the vehicle was struck. The glass was pushed outwards as though it was pushed from inside the cabin.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

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problem #5

Mar 252015

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 23,467 miles
The panoramic sunroof on my 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe exploded, sending glass shards everywhere. It sounded like a shotgun went off inside the vehicle. Fortunately, the inside roof cover was closed, so most of the shattered glass was sent onto the roadway, instead of inside the vehicle. Internet investigation revealed that this is not an isolated incident. Exploding sunroofs on Hyundai vehicles, including the Santa Fe and veloster, have occurred in the past. To me, this is a serious safety issue. Not only because glass could be blown with significant force throughout the vehicle, but because if it happened at highway speed, it might make it impossible to control the vehicle due to shock of the explosion and glass being shot everywhere. Since this is a recurring problem with Hyundai, there needs to be a permanent fix applied to any vehicle that has experienced this sunroof problem when it is repaired. To simply replace the broken sunroof with an identically flawed sunroof does nothing to ensure the safety of the vehicle during subsequent road driving. I do not believe this vehicle is safe to drive without this permanent fix.

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 162014

Santa Fe

  • 11,700 miles


I was coming up to a stop sign, driver on cross street cut turn real tight doing about 35 or 40 miles an hour and hit my car headon. My steering wheel air bag deployed deflated I went over the steering wheel and cracked my windshield with my head.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 282014

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 25,437 miles
Passed out while driving. Struck the rear passenger side of another car with the front drivers side of Santa Fe. Airbags did not deploy. Santa Fe was totaled. I suffered a broken neck in two places and dislodged two cervical disc. Now having to go for surgery to repair disc damage. Hopefully I will regain use of left hand do to nerve damage.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 202013

Santa Fe

  • 9,000 miles
I was driving to work in the morning and heard what sounded like a shotgun blast. It took a second or two to get my bearings but what had happened was the forward pane of glass on my sunroof had exploded. There was a fair amount of glass all throughout the front and rear seats of the interior but most of it had blown out of the car. All but 2-3 inches of glass around the perimeter had blown out. The temperature was around 65 F.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 282012

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
Vehicle was purchased around June 3 2012, at the time of the test drive I noticed a lot of wind noise in the cabin and the vehicle would not stay in a straight line at 55 mph, it would sway left to right. Against my better judgment I still purchased this vehicle. The sales person informed me that the reasons why the vehicle performed the way it did was because it was a very windy. To this date the vehicle still sways left to right when driving over 55 mph and the cabin noise is driving me crazy. This is a serious safety issue that Hyundai will need to fix quickly. When speaking with the shop manager he made it sound liked no one else was having these problems, maybe they need to read the complaints on this site. Seats:I too have experience the driver seat being very lose and rocking. I took it to the dealership and they said they tightened the bolts but it didn't take but a day to realize that this wasn?T a total fix. Each time I take it back they just say they locked the bolts down but will not do any paperwork on it and. Sunroof: My sunroof makes a whistling noise when I drive during windy conditions. I took it back to the dealership and they too heard the noise. But told me that there is nothing that can be done about it and that they are waiting for a tsb (technical service bulletin) in order to correct this issue. Three months after I purchased the vehicle my back passenger rear window blew out at 60 mph and they wouldn't cover it under warranty since they didn"T know what caused the window to blow. I've now had the care for 10 months now and still they have not fixed this issue. I have been a super supporter of Hyundai but how can I continue to recommend this company if they advertise they have the best warranty and customer service but wont follow through" Hyundai needs to fix this and make it right with us owners.

- Burkburnett, TX, USA

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