Headlights Problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported 21 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 1
Failure Date: 08/10/2017

I was on ground floor of a parking garage and already in the parking spot---I had my brake on and was actually ready to shift the vehicle into "park". There was a sudden reving of the engine and the car began to move forward at a high rate of speed through a steel lattice work barrier and through a flower bed into an extremely wet surface. I hit the brake as hard as possible and believe that the brake finally held. The left front tire became mired down in approximately 12-14 inches of mud. I believe the combination of the mud and the brake caused the vehicle to actually stop. No airbags deployed during this accident. Both sides of the car were damaged from the front fender to the rear fender, including 1 headlight unit, and the outside mirror on the driver's door (I do not know for certain if the other outside mirror was damaged). I looked up "sudden unintended acceleration" online and it is looking more and more like the throttle position sensor (tps) may have been the cause of this accident. I do have a police report and pictures but cannot scan them as I have on capability to do so. No other vehicle and no other individuals were involved. We had a wrecking company come to pull the car out and take to an auto body shop for estimate and possible repair. The estimate that was given to the police officer for the actual property damages (steel lattice work replacement and lawn repair) was listed as $5000. It is unknown at this point whether there was any damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle as a result of going over the large concrete block that was in front of the parking spot. I am waiting for the estimate to know this.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 2
Failure Date: 05/24/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 35 mph, the headlights failed to operate and the instrument cluster sensor indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer (interstate hynudai, located at 609 constitution dr west monroe, la 71292) where it was diagnosed that the speed sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,654.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3
Failure Date: 11/29/2016

The headlights are so poor that we do not feel safe driving at night. On low beams, it almost seems as if the lights are turned off. On high beams, visibility is adaquate but, of course, we cannot keep high beams on all the time. I called the dealer and they said they could replace the bulbs with new ones. However, they could not replace the bulbs with brighter ones such as leds.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
Failure Date: 11/29/2014

The headlights are directed downward such that they do not sufficiently illuminate the roadway. Exceeding speeds of approximately 35 mph at night on a level surface requires over-driving the headlights; high beams must be used at all times at greater speeds to drive safely. The company refers me to the dealership and vice versa; while they each acknowledge that this is a common problem, neither is willing to take steps to rectify the issue.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 5
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe sport. The contact stated that at night on dark mountain roads the headlights prevents you from seeing the side and cross roads. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 6
Failure Date: 10/02/2014

Air bag light came on and will not go off. Also, yesterday my check engine light came on and the fuel gauge stopped reading my fuel level. I have 90,100 miles on the vehicle today. Since I purchased the vehicle, my headlights are very dim. I am not sure if this was ever a concern for other models.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 7
Failure Date: 11/04/2013

2013 Hyundai sante fe. Consumer writes in regards to low beam headlights problem. The consumer stated when driving at night, the front windshield had a line and shadow at about half way point to the top that was a darker shade and as a result it was very dark and very hard to see, especially on poorly lit roads.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
Failure Date: 02/26/2013

This is not about an incident. The car has very week head lights, I use my high beam at all time. Never got any signal from on coming car that my high beam are on, and it's been going on for over 2 years. I changes the bulbs and no change. I went to 2 dealerships, one in DE and one in MD , and the answer I got was that all Hyundai has problem with weak lights. I contacted Hyundai and got a stupid answer "the dealer knows everything, we don't have any information to give you" (my case # was 7661319). I can't see when I drive, the headlights are 55w and the dealer told me that if I'll use stronger watt it may melt the wires and will cost me a of of money to fix. I wonder if I am the only driver who has this problem and if there anything I can do to fix it. Thanks for your time.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. Consumer states vehicle headlights have severely oxidized inside the plastic lens to the point where they have lost illumination.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 10
Failure Date: 02/27/2012

The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 30 mph with the low beam headlights illuminated, the contact experienced extremely poor visibility. When the contact drove down a hill, she stated that the headlights provided limited view. The high beam headlights had to be illuminated in order to see the road clearly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the vehicle was designed to specification. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 5.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Hyundai Santa Fe 11
Failure Date: 01/18/2012

The contact owns a 2000 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that the lens of the headlights was cloudy. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 79,000 and the current mileage is 88,000. The consumer stated the headlights had severely oxidized inside the plastic lens to the point where they had lost illumination. Updated 08/09/12 nupdated 8/31/12.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

The headlight lens housings (2) have deteriorated to the point that the headlights fail to properly light the road. This not a case of the housings yellowing but rather the housing material has developed fractures and is crumbling on the interior and exterior. There is no method to correct this fracturing. This manufacturing defect has been reported to the Hyundai dealer repeatedly over the last four years.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 13
Failure Date: 02/01/2010

I have had so many problems with my car. The first problem began years ago with the low beam headlights. I have to replace the headlights for both right and left side about 5 to 6 times per year. This can get very expensive especially if I were to get a ticket. The second problem are the rear tires. I noticed about two years ago that the tires get worn out much quicker than the others, so I'm constantly rotating them. Just recently, it has become worse. Just this year, I have replaced tires twice and have noticed that I need another set of tires. Have taken the car to a mechanic, but can not find anything wrong with the rear-end. The last issue that just happened a few months ago is the passenger visor. It suddenly fell out of its socket and eventually was hanging by its wires. After trying to put the visor back into its socket a few times, it eventually broke off. Have not ordered another yet. Didn't realize how expensive they are.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 14
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

Front headlight lenses are cloudy and yellow to point where I can not see the insight of the lens. The light from the light bulb is greatly reduced to the point where I have difficulty seeing the street at night. I contacted Hyundai and they refused to correct the problem. I feel this is a serious safety defect that should be corrected by Hyundai at no cost to me. The car is only 7 years old.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 15
Failure Date: 09/15/2007

The headlight assemblies on my 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe have faded over time from the sun. The sun has faded the light assemblies so much, the amount of light visible through the assembly is greatly reduced. I consider this a safety issue, due to the way the amount of light coming through the assembly is greatly reduced due to the fading of the plastic by the sun.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 16
Failure Date: 11/25/2006

The contact stated while driving at any speed during the night, the headlights only provided 30 feet of illumination. After the 30 foot distance, there was a distinct shadow. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer adjusted the alignment of the headlights but the problem persisted.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 17
Failure Date: 11/09/2006

: the contact stated while driving any speeds at night, the headlights failed to illuminate. This occurred without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined an electrical sensor failed and needed replaced. After the repair, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not alerted.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 18
Failure Date: 08/31/2006

: the contact stated both headlights were extremely cloudy making visibility very limited. The dealership was made aware of the problem. Updated 10/25/2006 - the dealer said they could buff the inside of both headlights, at cost to the consumer.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
Failure Date: 09/27/2002

Nar 05/21/2003 with out notification the consumers purchased the vehicle branded as a lemon. Problems occurred with the transmission, air conditioner compressor, headlight dimmers, and electrical system was faulty. They're requesting the dealership to buy back the vehicle.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 20
Failure Date: 10/03/2001

Alternator/battery problems: lights dim, windshield wiper delay changes speed, electric windows slow at times.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 21
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe low beam headlights. While driving on an un-lighted or hilly roadway, there was a discernable horizontal line between the lighted roadway and darkness. The consumer could see the line about 3 feet above the road surface. The line also extended off to the side of the vehicle. At times, the lighted roadway was less than 30 feet while going up and down the hilly road. The consumer believed that 30 feet or less was too short of a lighted lane of travel. A visual inspection, showed the low beam headlight was mounted too far behind the front of the vehicle, which caused the hood to block the low beam reflecting up.

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