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#122 of 143 sudden unintened acceleration with Hyundai Santa Fe
May 15, 2012 (2:26 pm)
Bought new 2009 Santa Fe V6 3.3L 24 valve engine in July 2010. Vehicle load with heated leather seats, sunroof, and had remote start installed. Loved, loved the car and had absolutely no problems until 3/29/2012. Had a terrible experience that I never want again. While pulling left into a parking space with my foot on the brake and car in drive, in a split second, the car accelerated to full speed jumping a 6" curb and plowing through landscaping coming to a stop less than 2 feet from the building. I had both feet on the brake pushing as hard as I could. Thank God I stopped because of the people inside. My daughter was in the passenger seat. We had just come from a doctor appointment for her where she had staples removed from the front of her neck. I can't imagine what could have happened if we had hit the building and our airbags had opened. Being fearful of driving the car, I had it towed to the dealer. After checking the car over, the sales manager told me nothing was found wrong with the car. He stated the floor mat could have gotten in the way. The mats came with the car and are locked in place. The work order stated the accelerator was checked for sticking. MY FOOT WAS ON THE BRAKE! One mechanic stated "well the accelerator IS close to the brake." Now I have a $27,000 automobile with 8000 miles on it that I refuse to drive. I should also mention that before this happened that several times after turning when I used the accelerator there was a second of hesitation followed by a second of too fast acceleration but evened out right away. I thought nothing of it but now wonder if this was a warning of what was to come.
#123 of 143 Don't neglect to file complaints with NHTSA / safercar
May 15, 2012 (4:15 pm)
Sorry to hear about your experience. I've been there. Replacing the THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR (at my own expense because the dealer nor Hyundai would take initiative as that might be seen as them acknowledging fault or an issue) fixed our problem after experiencing unintended acceleration three times. But please do not forget to report the problem to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration / NHTSA. Go online at safercar.org or call the toll free number. See my original post for more info.
#124 of 143 Re: Anyone experience Sudden Unintended Acceleration in a Hyundai Santa Fe? [mikepen]
May 25, 2012 (3:20 pm)
I also live in Canada. I reported this to Transport Canada and a Regional Official, an Engineer, followed up and asked some interesting questions. He actually came and visited and examined peddle separation and height checked. We visited place where the incident happened. One point of note there does not seem to be a good deal of diagnosis sensing on Hyundai software drive-by-wire, neither is there braking override of throttle position. Do report this to TC it's a serious safety issue. The web site is https://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/7/PCDB-BDPP/Index.aspx
#125 of 143 accelerrator stuck in full speed in passing gear
Jun 12, 2012 (5:39 am)
This appears to be another issue not related to sudden unintended acceleration, but I have now experienced several times during road trips when I have activated the passing gear--the acelerator pulls down and stays totally depressed to the floor board and will not release with foot pressure with out a lot of braking and foot banging! My vehicle is a 2008 Santa Fe, 6-cyl. awd. I'm lucky that this has not caused an accident or death--but it is a harrowing experienced to have the vehicle taking over at FULL THROTTLE not in my control!
Have others experienced this condition? Dealer says nothing appears or recorded to confirm this issue??
#126 of 143 Sudden unintended acceleration 2008 Sante Fe
Jun 19, 2012 (11:04 am)
I also experienced Sudden unintended acceleration in my 2008 SanteFe 45K mi. I was in slow traffic creeping along when the engine reved and the car accelerated very quickly. Brakes weren't enough to stop it. I crashed into the car ahead of me. I am terrified. I took it to the Dealer and like everyone else who has posted, they said they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. On another occassion, my husband said he felt the pedal sticking.
#127 of 143 Re: accelerrator stuck in full speed in passing gear [conrad84]
Jun 19, 2012 (11:05 am)
yes this has happened to me too, 2008 Sante Fe 45K miles
#128 of 143 Re: Caused an Accident [crashatschool]
Jun 30, 2012 (2:44 am)
My 2004 Santa Fe has done the same thing 2x ! Nothing that could be replicated at the dealer so of course nothing can be done. THANK GOD I was able to throw it into neutral and slam the breaks and stop!
I've also LOST power when stopped at a light and when I went to go had nothing but spitting and choking. Pulled over and let it run itself out and it never happened again. I swear I got a Friday 4:30 vehicle!!!
#129 of 143 unattended acceleration 2007 hyunhdai santa fe
Aug 12, 2012 (7:16 am)
On July 31,2012 I was going up a hill going about 3 miles an hour in order to make a right hand turn into a parking space for the laundry room building across from my Mobile home. Had to park there due to trash collection and can not put trash cans away with vehicles in the carport.
Suddenly my Santa Fe took off like a bullet, jumping the cement parking barrier and crashing onto the building. The front of the building, including window and door crashed down on my hood. When I finally stopped I had taken out the building, damaged a washer and dryer. The engine was still running and I had my left foot on the emergency brake and my right foot on the brake.
My vehicle was in the shop for 9 days and I just got it back.
Am I nervous to drive this vehicle? Yes
Hyundai has a moral obligation to compensate anyone who has had this problem.
Next time this happens someone could get injured or killed and I do not want the responsibility of that.
Sep 06, 2012 (6:31 am)
To those who have unattended acceleration.
Please call NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 to speak to a representative who will take your complaint.
My 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe had unattended acceleration on July 31, 2012. I called and reported it to the customer service gentleman at NTHSA. He took my complaint.
The only way to get this dangerous problem resolved is to contact NHTSA. They will post it.
I have also sent to Hyundai Motors America my accident information and am waiting for a reply,.
#131 of 143 Re: sudden unintened acceleration with Hyundai Santa Fe [susieqrn]
Sep 14, 2012 (5:22 pm)
I am still visibly upset about the unintended acceleration of my new 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. I was also pulling into a parking spot making a right turn when all of a sudden the car accelerated full trottle and I ran over two bushes and knocked down a black iron fence and stopped by pushing very hard on the brake when I was on pedestrian side walk. Luckily I did not hit a pedestrian. It was so scary I went to the dealer and the delaer stated that the computer did not find anything wrong with the car. I am scared to drive the car. It may happen again. I did call the NTHSA to report this and I plan to go to another dealer to see if they can help find out why this happened.