2004 Hyundai Santa Fe caught FIRE!

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Dxnarcissus

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Apr 25, 2006
 
www.flaminghyundai.blogspot.com

Hyundai and Reliable Imports ignore me and my complaints of self-igniting, total-loss Hyundai Santa Fe!!! Insurance company says piston flew through oil pan!!! Full warranty =-$7000 for me!
Santamen

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Mar 10, 2008
 
owners wife in wv

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Apr 22, 2008
 
last night my husband and I were awakened by a loud explosion that sounded like a tire on an 18 wheeler blew out on the interstae nearby. then within seconds a smaller sxplosion and the 'panic' alarm on our 2008 Syundai Santa Fe started on go off. by the time I reached the window to look out on our driveway the rear drivers side of our 2008 Santa Fe was engulfed in flames, and only 3 feet from our house and parked next to our 2001 GMC 'Jimmy". One of our neighbors was frantically screaming for us to get out of our house and pounding on our front door. The vehicle had not been driven for over 2 days --- it just spontanousely erupted in flames.
WHY? Has anyone ever heard of anything like this happening to a new Santa Fe with less than 2,500 miles on it?
wayne walls

Las Vegas, NV

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Just this week my wife's 04 santa fe caught on fire while she was DRIVING to work.
She said she was driving and smelled something burning so she pulledd over, when she opened the door the wiring harness in the door erupted in flames. She had to put it out with her pepsi.
Is this the same part of the car yours started fire in or could they tell?
Now the shop is telling us that we had to have done something to the car and because they believe we put in a aftermarket something or other the warrenty won't cover it price to repair
$ 4000. Ya for me cause you know I'll end up eating this
bS1aza

Sudbury, Canada

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Jul 26, 2008
 
I would tell those dealers they have to prove to you that something you installed caused the fire. Either than that they can go eat shat!
Flaming Santa Fe

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Jun 29, 2010
 
Our 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe spontaneously caught on fire last week. The dashboard near the gear selector and power ports caught on fire. Luckily no one was in the car and we came back after 15 minutes to put out the fire. Our insurance company inspected it and said it was a vehicle malfunction. The dealer told us to call Hyundai Consumer Affairs. This is pretty scary.
spootyjones

Philadelphia, PA

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Jul 19, 2010
 
Flaming Santa Fe wrote:
Our 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe spontaneously caught on fire last week. The dashboard near the gear selector and power ports caught on fire. Luckily no one was in the car and we came back after 15 minutes to put out the fire. Our insurance company inspected it and said it was a vehicle malfunction. The dealer told us to call Hyundai Consumer Affairs. This is pretty scary.
My 2007 Santa Fe caught fire while I was in a store. The passenger seat warmer and right side electrical port was melted. Luckily I returned and was able to put the fire out. The plastic is melted and scorched. Estimated to be over $2k worth of damage. Car insurance company said that this is a malfunction and dealer should cover.
Lisa

Barrie, Canada

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Nov 3, 2010
 
Nov. 1, 2010 - Early morning - below zero - frost on windshield - started 2010 Hyundai - turned on heat - front/rear defrost. Smelled smoke - then smoke started pouring out at my feet and the dashboard at the windshield on the driver's side only. I believe that it was electrical - that wiring spontaneously caught on fire and that the fire was extinguished by the blowing fan of the heating system. Took it to the shop and they "couldn't find what had caught fire!" The burnt smell is still there when the heat/fan are blowing. Any ideas or thoughts would be much appreciated on what happened and what else I can do about it? Thank you, Lisa
Dom

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Nov 18, 2010
 
Lisa wrote:
Nov. 1, 2010 - Early morning - below zero - frost on windshield - started 2010 Hyundai - turned on heat - front/rear defrost. Smelled smoke - then smoke started pouring out at my feet and the dashboard at the windshield on the driver's side only. I believe that it was electrical - that wiring spontaneously caught on fire and that the fire was extinguished by the blowing fan of the heating system. Took it to the shop and they "couldn't find what had caught fire!" The burnt smell is still there when the heat/fan are blowing. Any ideas or thoughts would be much appreciated on what happened and what else I can do about it? Thank you, Lisa
November 18, 2010 I just had a similar experience this morning with my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. I turned on the heat front/rear defrost and also the seat warmers. About 5 minutes into my drive I could see dark smoke coming from the driver dashboard at the windshield. I shut off my seatwarmers and both front/rear defrost because I didn't know what started it. The smoke went away, but know I have to take it in to the dealer to see what caused this. If anyone else has had a similar experience, could you please let me know what it could have been. Thank you Dom
Dom

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Nov 18, 2010
 
November 18, 2010 I just had a similar experience this morning with my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. I turned on the heat front/rear defrost and also the seat warmers. About 5 minutes into my drive I could see dark smoke coming from the driver dashboard at the windshield. I shut off my seatwarmers and both front/rear defrost because I didn't know what started it. The smoke went away, but know I have to take it in to the dealer to see what caused this. If anyone else has had a similar experience, could you please let me know what it could have been. Thank you Dom
Nesta

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Oct 3, 2011
 
I was traveling in the country at 110km/hour when I heard a loud clunk. I immediately stopped and as I got out of the car it became engulfed in flames. As I was going away for 2 weeks holiday lost all my belongings and almost my life
Please do not buy a Hyundai
Mar

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Nov 14, 2011
 
Hello, I have a 2011 Santa Fe and parked it in the garage after being in it for about an hour. Two hours later the garage was an inferno. The fire department and insurace company could not conclude it was the car. do you know of any recalls for this or other reports of the car catching on fire?
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Nesta wrote:
I was traveling in the country at 110km/hour when I heard a loud clunk. I immediately stopped and as I got out of the car it became engulfed in flames. As I was going away for 2 weeks holiday lost all my belongings and almost my life
Please do not buy a Hyundai
Jan

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Nov 30, 2011
 
Yesterday my 2010 Santa Fe caught on fire while my son was driving down the hwy with the cruise control on. There was a loud bang from under the hood, then flames started shooting from under the hood. Steering went out.... burning oil all over the place and fire coming from under the car. Had it towed to nearest Hyndai dealership and now waiting for and explaination as to what happened. Car is under warrenty still so we will see how we are treated. Fire department says this was a bad fire. Wonder if they are going to total it....
Jan

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Nov 30, 2011
 
Mar wrote:
Hello, I have a 2011 Santa Fe and parked it in the garage after being in it for about an hour. Two hours later the garage was an inferno. The fire department and insurace company could not conclude it was the car. do you know of any recalls for this or other reports of the car catching on fire?
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Yesterday my 2010 Santa Fe caught on fire while my son was driving down the hwy with the cruise control on. There was a loud bang from under the hood, then flames started shooting from under the hood. Steering went out.... burning oil all over the place and fire coming from under the car. Had it towed to nearest Hyndai dealership and now waiting for and explaination as to what happened. Car is under warrenty still so we will see how we are treated. Fire department says this was a bad fire. Wonder if they are going to total it....
Mar

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Dec 1, 2011
 
Interesting. Please post what you find out if they figure out why the fire started.
Jan wrote:
<quoted text>Yesterday my 2010 Santa Fe caught on fire while my son was driving down the hwy with the cruise control on. There was a loud bang from under the hood, then flames started shooting from under the hood. Steering went out.... burning oil all over the place and fire coming from under the car. Had it towed to nearest Hyndai dealership and now waiting for and explaination as to what happened. Car is under warrenty still so we will see how we are treated. Fire department says this was a bad fire. Wonder if they are going to total it....
DJM

Thunder Bay, Canada

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Dec 1, 2011
 
I own a 2007 Santa Fe Limited and last year (2010) around December I noticed black smoke coming from where the window meets the dash. When I stopped the car the smoke went away. But when I looked closely, I noticed that the wiper de-icer elements had fried.(I call them elements but I really don't know what they are called.) These are at the base of the windshield and are supposed to de-ice the windshield enough that the wipers will not be stuck. I called the dealer here and they had never heard of a problem like this before. You have to change the whole windshield to correct this. Has anyone ever had this happen to them?
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Dec 13, 2011
 
DJM wrote:
I own a 2007 Santa Fe Limited and last year (2010) around December I noticed black smoke coming from where the window meets the dash. When I stopped the car the smoke went away. But when I looked closely, I noticed that the wiper de-icer elements had fried.(I call them elements but I really don't know what they are called.) These are at the base of the windshield and are supposed to de-ice the windshield enough that the wipers will not be stuck. I called the dealer here and they had never heard of a problem like this before. You have to change the whole windshield to correct this. Has anyone ever had this happen to them?


The same thing just happen to my 2007 santa few limited. I almost crashed the car on the highway this morning. I'm in the process of call Hyundai. This is an unsafe condition that I will report to the FTC.
DJM

Thunder Bay, Canada

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Dec 13, 2011
 
DHSR wrote:
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The same thing just happen to my 2007 santa few limited. I almost crashed the car on the highway this morning. I'm in the process of call Hyundai. This is an unsafe condition that I will report to the FTC.
Thank God you didn't get into an accident! Good luck reporting this. I don't think anything can be done about it because I was told that this is an unusual problem. But it is worth a try.
Jan

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Jan 13, 2012
 
Mar wrote:
Interesting. Please post what you find out if they figure out why the fire started.
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My insurance paid to fix it, but I did not trust the Santa Fe any longer. If it did this once, it will do it again. The dealership treated me very good and I was able to trade it for any new car I wanted. I was told there was metal all the way into the exhaust manifold. I had bought this as a new SUV and they traded for a new car. I am very satified with the dealership in Corpus Christi, TX. They kept me in loop about the whole thing.
Lorraine Pope

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#20
Apr 20, 2012
 
Santa fe cdx 2006 lost revs within minutes on fire lost the car and nearly our life insurance company arguing !!! Regular service with history cab belt changed. Never again would we touch hyundai hate them

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