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Hello everyone. I am new to this forum. Thank you (in advance) for reading my message here. I am the owner of new 2022 #Hyundai #SantaFe #SUV. I live in the upper midwest of USA (Fargo, ND area – yes! It is the great White North and its too damn cold right now! Uff da! LOL). In this area of the country, the state and local highway departments use salt and other de-licing agents to help with snow-packed and ice-covered roads.

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I just noticed that my 2022 #Hyundai #SantaFe has large, uncovered open areas in the fender well on both the driver’s and passenger’s sides (see pics above). I am worried that my new vehicle is lacking covers or some other protective closure for these open areas (I have included/attached pictures so that you can see what I am referring to). Note that these large vertical “holes” open areas are located in both fenders do contain plastic coated foam pieces (I presume for noise deadening???). So... my big concern is that water, dirt, and salt and/or sand will build up inside these open holes or space and might start corrosion in the fender (and likely degrade the plastic coating of these foam pieces inside these spaces or holes). Why are there no covers on these holes? Why are these holes/spaces open in the first place? Do I have to worry about corrosion or some other problem with time? Do other owners of other Hyundai Santa Fe’s have these spaces/holes too? Is this a feature (???) on just 2022 Santa Fe? Note that Hyundai / Hyundai USA would not comment on this matter when I contacted them. Any insights or ideas or other information you might provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all for your interest and willingness to respond to my posting here. Best regards and be well and safe!
 
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