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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe – click above for high-res image gallery

Platform and part sharing is a good thing – it saves money for both the automaker and the consumer and allows engineers more time to develop and refine the individual assemblies that go into making an automobile. The unfortunate flipside, in the unlikely event of an incorrectly designed or manufactured part, is that more than one model tends to be affected.

Such is the case with the 2011 Hyundai Sante Fe, which shares the majority of its most important unseen bits and pieces with the 2011 Kia Sorento. As you may recall (*ahem*), certain 2011 Sorento models were fitted with rear brake calipers that were improperly machined. Same part, same problem, same explanation:

"As a result, brake fluid will leak, followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator light indicating the brake fluid level is low and should be checked, then a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, and if not serviced, reduced braking power which could increase the risk of a crash."

See the complete recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the break.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SANTA FE 2011
Manufacturer: HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC Mfr's Report Date: DEC 29, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V613000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1783
Summary:
 HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SANTA FE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 28, 2010, THROUGH NOVEMBER 25, 2010. SOME OF THE REAR BRAKE CALIPERS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY MACHINED.
Consequence:
 AS A RESULT, BRAKE FLUID WILL LEAK, FOLLOWED BY ILLUMINATION OF THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT INDICATING THE BRAKE FLUID LEVEL IS LOW AND SHOULD BE CHECKED, THEN A SOFT OR SPONGY BRAKE PEDAL FEEL, AND IF NOT SERVICED, REDUCED BRAKING POWER WHICH COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR CALIPERS AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE AT 1-800-243-7766.
Notes:
 HYUNDAI SAFETY RECALL NO. 098. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that's what I call value! Wake up people, hyundai's aren't cheaper than their competition because of magic elves building them. They're cheaper because they're cheaper in every way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL at all the Hyundai defenders on Autoblog. No matter what is posted about Hyundai, you defend it as a problem with the suppliers and not Hyundai or KIA. Then you must drag in unrelated auto companies in an effort to divert attention away from all the serious safety related problems affecting all the new Hyundai and KIA products.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, competitors were mentioned only of because someone's trying to make it sound like somehow HKAG is much worse than other companies. But if you know of serious safety problems affecting all new Hyundais and Kias, please do list them here. Otherwise, shut it sportsbike because all you're doing is LYING, like you lied about resale values falling for HKAG cars when in fact they've been rising. No one likes a liar. Sorry if your or your sugar daddy's Toyo franchise has been hurting, but that doesn't give you any right to come tell lies on here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this affect 2010's? I'd be interested - I bought one and don't have a letter in the mail (yet - knock on wood!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. The 2010's were built in Hyundai's Montgomery plant. Plus this was limited to a very limited production run at the supplier. You won't be getting a letter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Luis will say "I told you so".
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, Luis is actually more reasonable now a days, once in a while actually praising Hyundai etc.

        Now the guy you see above me... I swear he's a Japanese Nationalist Troll that has a false sense of belief that if you disparage and misrepresent the countries and everything about it coming out of South Korea, China, Taiwan etc it'll make Japan look "Superior" to everyone else. Its okay though, because the entire Asia, including normal Japanese themselves hates these guys' asses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another Day,
        Another Hyundai or KIA recall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        JephMercury, you sound like every bigoted, racist South Korean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      all this about recalling or faulty parts has to do with were the car is being assembled and for some reason the suppliers within the US are not providing quality parts.
      I have an 08 Accord been only having issues with it from "leather" to radiator,
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol? Seriously?

        Coming from a die hard Toyota fanboy who drives a Camry. Toyota has had far more serious issues in the past. Talk to me when they aren't destroying the legal evidence of their cover-ups.

        At least Hyundai/Kia is manning up immediately and not waiting months or years.
      Sharon
      • 1 Year Ago
      i have one of those 2009 Santa Fe and had to have brakes tone one it twice at my expense and i paid for an extend warranty but when i go to the dealer ship ( Lester Glenn ) i have to pay for new brakes the unit only has 31,000 on it. And only one side on the back needs to be replaced the same side and i have had to do it twice already. Now i have a radio that was removed 3-8-14 because it would stop working for about 5-6 mins every time you drove the car i have been trying to get it fix since the first 6 months that i had it and no one want to do any thing about it.and now it seems that radio is no longer made and it had to go out for repair. the service writer said that it would take about 2 to 3 weeks. i have made 4-5 calls to the service writer and i never get any phones calls back as to what is going on with radio so now all i have is a big hole it dash and dont when it will get fixed
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