Hyundai Santa Cruz Owners & Service Manuals

Hyundai Santa Cruz: Braking System / Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

Vehicle Stability Management is a function of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. It helps the vehicle stay stable when accelerating or braking suddenly on wet, slippery and rough roads where traction over the four tires can suddenly become uneven.


Take the following precautions when using Vehicle Stability Management:

  • ALWAYS check the speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead. VSM is not a substitute for safe driving practices.
  • Never drive too fast for the road conditions. VSM will not prevent accidents. Excessive speed in bad weather, on slippery and uneven roads can result in severe accidents.

VSM operation

When operating

When you apply your brakes under conditions which may activate ESC, you may hear sounds from the brakes, or feel a corresponding sensation in the brake pedal. This is normal and it means your VSM is active.


VSM does not operate when:

  • Driving on a banked road such as gradient or incline.
  • Driving in reverse.
  • The ESC OFF indicator light is on.
  • The EPS (Electric power steering) warning light () is on or blinks.

VSM OFF condition

To cancel VSM operation, press the ESC OFF button. ESC OFF () indicator light will illuminate.

To turn on VSM, press the ESC OFF button again. The ESC OFF indicator light will go out.


If the ESC () indicator light or EPS () warning light stays illuminated or blinks, your vehicle may have a malfunction with the VSM system. When the warning light illuminates have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.


Driving with wheels and tires with different sizes may cause the VSM system to malfunction. Before replacing tires, make sure all four tires and wheels are the same size. Never drive the vehicle with different sized tires and wheels installed.

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