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VIN 5XYZTDLB8DG041186 Decoding Hyundai Vin Decoder

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Manufacturer Name



Santa Fe

Model Year



Sport 2WD/AWD



Vehicle Type


Plant Country


Plant Company Name

Kia Motor Manufacturing, Georgia

Plant State




Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)



Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1D: 5,001 - 6,000 lb (2,268 - 2,722 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Drive Type

4WD/4-Wheel Drive/4x4

Displacement (CC)


Displacement (CI)


Displacement (L)


Engine Model


Fuel Type - Primary


Valve Train Design

Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC)

Fuel Delivery / Fuel Injection Type

Stoichiometric Gasoline Direct Injection (SGDI)

Seat Belt Type


Curtain Air Bag Locations

1st and 2nd Rows

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Knee Air Bag Locations

Driver Seat Only

Side Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Type


Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE Crash Test Score


Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Overall Side Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Seat
Rear Seat

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Risk:

2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Standard
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Driver, Front Passenger
Seat Belt Reminder System Driver, Front Passenger

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat, 3rd row
Pelvis/Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Rear Seat
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Standard
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 5XYZTDLB8DG041186

Components: STEERING

October 04, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11438131
Consumer Location: PITTSBURG, CA
VIN: km8sr4hf7du****

Summary of Complaint

The MDPS (motor driven power steering) assembly contains a flexible rubber coupling which wore out and causes a “thud” type noise when turning the steering wheel. Steering is affected by this. Problem has ben reproduced by service center.


October 24, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437946
Consumer Location: NEWTOWN, PA

Summary of Complaint

Liftgate mechanism failed. When opening lift gate manually to load groceries, lift gate suddenly dropped and closed with full force instead of waiting to be pushed down to close.

Components: ENGINE

July 05, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437685
Consumer Location: BROWNSVILLE, TX

Summary of Complaint

Engine seized up while driving. How many complaints before NHTSA investigates?

Components: ENGINE

October 15, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437730
Consumer Location: NORTH FORK, CA

Summary of Complaint

October 15, 2021. Driving South on Hwy 99 near Pixley when all of a sudden the engine died and the car started coasting. I was in the fast lane doing approximately 65mph. Put the blinker on and when a semi truck on the other lane finally passed me I was able to coast off the 99 onto a off ramp where I pulled over shaking because the engine stopping could have caused a very tragic accident. Tried to restart the engine and it did but could hear it rattling so I shut it off and called Auto Club for a tow. Had it towed back to Fresno to Auto Works where they confirmed the lower end had failed. Left it there and picked up my Jeep and continued my trip to So Cal. While there I was told by a friend there were numerous 4 cyl engine failures. I then found out thru Hyundai that there was a recall on my vehicle.

Components: ENGINE

October 16, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437007
Consumer Location: WILLIAMSBURG, VA

Summary of Complaint

Engine oil level is low even though the car had just an oil change. Car was brought to Subaru dealership where we bought the car. They said the engine is burning oil and the oil was very dark. They recommended to bring it to a nearby Hyundai dealership for engine recall or warranty. We contacted Hyundai dealership but they told us there was no recall nor warranty nor are they going to conduct a diagnosis. We brought the car to a trusted auto repair shop and they said the same thing the Subaru dealership told us. We contacted Hyundai dealership but told us again that there is no recall or warranty.


July 29, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11436771
Consumer Location: ALPHARETTA, GA

Summary of Complaint

ABS system lights going off after recall Recall #205 being completed. My vehicle has only 27,000 miles on it and is in excellent condition. I took it in for the recall and have spent thousands of dollars at the dealership for regular maintenance over the past year. Two days after the recall being done, my ABS system lights went off. Rick Case Hyundai wants to charge another $l,200 for ABS sensor replacement. This is incredible since nothing was wrong until I took it in, as advised, for the recall on the ABS system. Now they say I need to keep the car outside in case of a fire and that the sensors aren't covered. This is an outrange and I get NO assistance since contacting Hyundai Customer Care and the case manager of my Case #l8756193 is an absolute joke and of no help whatsoever. The sensors should be replaced at NO Cost to me as it was a direct result of the recall visit.

Components: AIR BAGS

August 15, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11435532
Consumer Location: HOUSTON, TX

Summary of Complaint

Three safety issues: 1st Steering column coupler went bad at 95k miles causing steering wheel to shake. Cost $1700 to repair. I was at risk for steering to lock up, which would have caused an accident and injury to myself and others on roadway. 2nd Airbag indicator light is currently on. Diagnostic scan shows steering wheel airbag is faulty. If in an accident occurs and airbag does not deploy, could cause serious bodily injury. I do not have a copy of the diagnoses sheet, estimate to repair was $800. 3rd ABS sensor is currently faulty on rear tires causing dashboard indicator lights to constantly be illuminated. If rear brakes actually go bad and I'm not aware because the sensor is faulty, could cause bodily injury to myself and others on roadway if they malfunction or cease to function. I do not have copy of diagnosis sheet as I don't have funds to repair at this time.

Components: ENGINE

September 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11434283
Consumer Location: TEWKSBURY, MA

Summary of Complaint

My vehicle engine has an oil consumption problem that was diagnosed in July of 2021. The car was making a bad vibrating rattling noise, and the red oil light came on which prompted immediate diagnostics July 6th, 2021. When they assessed they stated to drive it and check the oil level and on August 2nd I brought the vehicle back and they recommended starting the Hyundai protocol for diagnosing burn of oil due to smoke The Hyundai dealership I have had my car serviced at went through the 1000 mile burn test to diagnose the problem and this was confirmed to be the issued September 10th, 2021. Hyundai states that engine is under warranty but will only repair (or replace) the engine if the engine undergoes a catastrophic failure involving the bearings. This seems highly dangerous and illegal. If the engine burns too much oil the engine will seize. When the engine seizes, this could cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle causing harm to the driver, passengers, or others on the public roadway. I have contacted Hyundai corporate headquarters about this, though links provided on their website are broken and make it difficult to get clear answers. I have done the required maintenance and have records to prove this. However I am VERY FRUSTRATED AND SCARED. My engine has not seized or failed yet, but if this issue is not resolved, it WILL fail. When the manufacturer knows this issue exists, and when the consumer proactively maintains their vehicle, brings it into the dealership to be told “to drive it and let it catastrophically fail” for Hyundai to acknowledge their warranty is unethical and if not illegal, it should be. Reading online, there are many others who are having similar problems. These are the cases related to this issue: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litigation, No. 8:17-cv-00838-JLS-JDE (C.D. Cal.) Flaherty v. Hyundai Motor Company, et al., No. 18-cv-02223 (C.D. Cal.) PLEASE look into this. Thank you, Sincerely, [XXX] INFORMATION Redacted PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).


September 16, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11433503
Consumer Location: ORLANDO, FL
VIN: 5xyzu3lb9dg****

Summary of Complaint

The dealer has failed to remedy the defect in a reasonable time. Appointment for recall is not available for months with no accommodation. Engine light recently illuminated and not sure if unrelated.

Components: ENGINE

September 11, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11433046
Consumer Location: GOTHA, FL

Summary of Complaint

On Saturday, September 11, 2021 while driving, the engine light came on and the car started to to hesitate a little. We were able to make it home and to a mechanic. The mechanic said the engine seized up and now needs to be replaced. There was a recall on this model due to this very thing but my car was not part of the recall. Hyundai is now saying the 10year/100,000 mile power train warranty only applies to the original owner. I have never missed an oil change, I'm up do date on all the manufacturers recommendation for service for the mileage, which is just under 94,000. I feel they should be responsible. Thank you.

Components: ENGINE

September 01, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11430448
Consumer Location: ALMA, AR

Summary of Complaint

There has been a recall on vehicles like this one with the smaller engines. But, not for the 3.3 engines like I have. Everything the small engines were recalled for, this one is doing too. When you get up to high speeds on the highway the engine starts to knock/stall. I almost was in a car accident with my children because of this. Hyundai is refusing to help pay because they are saying the 3.3 engines weren't affected. But, clearly they were. I took it to a mechanic and he confirmed it was the engine and he has seen dozens just like mine going through the same issues. The check engine light came on last September. It only blinks when at high speeds on the interstate. We had tried fixing other things on it, not thinking it was the engine itself. Until when we took it in yesterday and they ran a test and said that this has been reported multiple times on the tsb mechanic website of these 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles, the engines going out. My car only has 94k miles and they are still refusing to help us. I am floored with how we are being treated. This is a known problem and I have four children who need a vehicle to get around for school, doctors appointments, activities. This has been some the worst stress of my life dealing with this SUV. I have kept up so well on my vehicle, only for something that is not my fault to go wrong and now my kids/family is having to suffer because of it.

Components: ENGINE

July 31, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11427508
Consumer Location: WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH

Summary of Complaint

A hole developed in the bottom of the engine while driving, after a popping noise. Smoke started, and fluid leaked. Why was this VIN not part of the engine recall for Sante Fe Sport SUVs that was announced in May 2021? I just bought this car from a dealer in July, and they said there were no open recalls. Now the car is useless, and not sure if it is still covered by the limited used car warranty.


July 12, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11426946
Consumer Location: ATLANTA, GA

Summary of Complaint

Our Hyundai Sante Fe Sport smells like gasoline. The odor is very loud and nauseating. We parked it outdoors and the smell is still very loud and immediately noticeable from inside the vehicle and even walking by. We looked it up and saw an article in Consumer Reports (by [XXX] on May 18th describing this same thing. The article states the cars are being recalled however, we had our vehicle towed to Thornton Road Hyundai and were told there is no recall. They have diagnosed it as a leak in the top valve of the cover gasket and are charging $365 to repair it. Additional note - on July 8th, as we drove from Atlanta to Orlando, we witnessed a silver Hyundai Sante Fe Sport on fire (completely engulfed in flames) on the highway. We are very concerned and would like for this concern to be taken seriously. INFORMATION Redacted PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).


June 07, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11426638
Consumer Location: SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ

Summary of Complaint

The paint by the power heating seat buttom, is craking, peeling with the sun.

Components: ENGINE

July 31, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11426558
Consumer Location: BELLWOOD, IL

Summary of Complaint

The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated the vehicle would not immediately start-up and required several attempts before the vehicle would start-up. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but the dealer informed the contact that they could not duplicate the failure. The contact stated upon starting the vehicle, she heard abnormal knocking sounds coming from the engine. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that they could not assist as the vehicle was out of warranty. A case was opened. The failure mileage was 95,934.


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