Can a Brake Controller be Installed on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with Numerous Cabin Air Bags


Hi, I have a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe XL with a factor tow package. Im looking to add a brake controller but Ive run into issues. Im told my only option is a really expensive! wireless controller. This is due to issues with the air bags - this model has front seat-mounted side-impact, roof-mounted side-curtain with roll-over sensor and driver knee airbag. I believe its the knee airbag that is the issue - possibly over concerns that in an impact where the airbag deploys, the brake controller unit could become a projectile. Have you come across this and any solutions for it?


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I do have a couple of solutions to add a brake controller to your 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and its plethora of air bags. First, you could use the Curt Spectrum # C51170. This will work because instead of the controller being all one part it has 2 main components. The main box will install down under the dash somewhere, and the manual control can be mounted somewhere where there isn't an air bag and that is still within easy reach of the driver like on the console. I have linked a video review of this controller for you.

A second option is to use the Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller # C51180. This controller uses your mobile device and Bluetooth. It doesn't require any wiring or any mounting inside your vehicle. I've attached a video to assist.

A third option is to use a time delay controller such as # 5504. Time delay controllers don't have to be mounted perfectly straight so as long as there is a place, any place, within easy reach of the driver you can mount a time delay controller in that location.

If your Santa Fe does not have any trailer connector yet then a 7-Way will need to be installed. The first step for this is to install a 4-Way flat, # 118269. Then you would install # ETBC7 to add the 7-Way and hardwire in the brake controller. I have included some links that show and explain the ETBC7 installation.

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