Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
55 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
46 / 3
Average Mileage:
55,931 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 12 of 28)

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problem #331

Mar 302010


  • 52,985 miles


2007 Chevrolet colbalt. 03/30/10, power steering went out seven times in thirty two miles on my way to work. Has caused near accidents on curves and icy roads many more times. Problem is corrected temporarily when vehichle ignition is turned off (while still in motion) then turned back on and started. Power steering has went out in the middle of negotiating a corner causing me to inadvertantly go into oncoming traffic lane and over correct when returning to lane of travel.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #330

Mar 152010


  • 99,081 miles
Contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. The contact stopped at a stop sign and proceeded to make a right turn at 3 mph. While turning, the power steering failed and the vehicle veered to the right toward a curb. The driver was able to avoid an accident and took the vehicle to an authorized dealership the following day. The dealer informed her that the failure was caused by defective struts and not the power steering. The contact then took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic told her that the struts were not defective. The failure mileage was 99,081. The current mileage was 99,312.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #329

Sep 012008


  • 40,000 miles
Steering column is rattling brought the car in they said it was the I shaft I brought it to 3 others to look at and they said it was the whole entire steering column and it needs to get replaced with a new this part of the recall and if it is why is my car not one of them?

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #328

Mar 192010


  • 96,298 miles


I drive a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and I was driving down the road today bring my son home from the hospital after surgery, and I get a warning light about the power steering, and all of a sudden I cant turn left or right in the road, I turn hard left it turns and I read the owners manual to find out if I need fluid or what ever and it doesn't take fluid I get home and read on the internet about the same exact problem from hundreds of other people and owners I can not afford to go fix my car my husband just got laid off, I have to wait and hope this is a recall please work on this before someone was hurt, I praise god that me and my child got home safe today, until further I have to park my car..

- Arlee, MT, USA

problem #327

Mar 192010

(reported on)


  • 18,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer states with brake system problems. The consumer stated every time she applied the brakes, the steering wheel would vibrate and there was hesitation when she braked from high to moderate speeds to slow down or to come to a complete stop. Also, aside from that, as she began to drive, the vehicle would pull to the left. The vehicle was inspected several times. All four tires were replaced and a front wheel alignment was performed, but the problem continued.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #326

Mar 142010


  • 36,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 55 mph the contact noticed that the power steering light appeared on the instrument panel and then the steering wheel become harder to turn. The dealer had not diagnosed the failure when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage and current mileages were 36,500.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #325

Mar 072010


  • 48,000 miles


I was driving my 2007 Cobalt on March 7th 2010 when the wheel became almost impossible to turn. The words power steering were showing on the dashboard.

- Honaker, VA, USA

problem #324

Mar 112010


  • miles
Power steering failed it caused difficulty driving the car where you could barely drive. Sometimes you can't even turn the steering wheel.

- Welch, WV, USA

problem #323

Aug 012007


  • 83 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When traveling at speeds of 25 mph or less, the steering wheel would become extremely hard to turn. The failure also made it impossible to control the steering wheel. The failure mileage was 83 and the current mileage was 13,500.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #322

Sep 092009


  • 34,000 miles
We were driving through a parking lot about 10 miles an hour when my power steering went out. We heard a beeping sound and could not turn the wheel. There was a car coming towards us and we started freaking out and to swerve to miss them so we would not wreck. We had no choice to pull over and try to figure out what was wrong, but since it is electric we could not find what was wrong. Since this happened away from our house I missed work. This problem occurred for about four days before we could get it fixed. We took it to the Chevy dealership and they said they were unable to help because it was not under warranty. We were also told that the dealership could not help because no one was in a wreck or hurt. The dealership wanted to charge us 1200 dollars. We ended up taking it somewhere else for 800 dollars. We had to buy a new power steering column and the part of the electrical power steering.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #321

Mar 112010


  • 50,293 miles


Driving vehicle and power steering failed, warning light came on as well.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #320

Mar 012010


  • 64,000 miles
I have had a 2007 Chevy Cobalt for almost a year, and it has been wrecked, but was fixed and it has just around 60,000 miles on it and the power steering goes out in it. I can turn the car off and then back on and it will work just fine for a few more minutes and then go out again.

- Salem, AR, USA

problem #319

Feb 102010


  • 20,660 miles
On February 10, 2010, while traveling West on 14th street another driver in the left lane entered my lane (right lane), and I slammed on brakes to stop from hitting the other drivers vehicle. Despite the fact it was a sunny very cold day outside and the streets were dry the brakes on my vehicle locked up as though I have an anti-locking braking system, which I don't have on my car. The steering wheel became none responsive and my car ended up jumping the curb and hitting a telephone pole on the front driver side of the car. There is damage to the driver side headlight and a dent in the same area in the shape of the pole; furthermore, the airbag never deployed. The car is currently at a GM body shop being repaired by the other drivers insurance; however, in light of the recent GM recall about an issue with the steering wheel I am bringing my accident to your attention just in case the issues are related.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #318

Feb 272010


  • 50,000 miles
Loss of power steering. 8 times in 3 hours. Have to pull over to the side of the road, shut the car off and then turn it back on. Power steering lasts for a few minutes then shuts down again.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #317

Mar 052010


  • 27,800 miles
In the last week, my 2007 Cobalts power steering light has come on about 9 times. On 3-9-10 alone it came on 3 times. When this happens, the power steering is out. Pulling the car out of traffic I turn the car off and restart it and the power steering is back.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #316

Sep 012008


  • 74,000 miles
I am an unfortunate owner of one of the worst cars ever made, a Chevrolet Cobalt. I bought this car in 2008 with hopes that it would stand up to my older cavalier and sunfire. I was sadly wrong about my choice. After only two months of owning my vehicle (I bought it at a used car centre with 54000 kms. Jim gilberts in fredericton, nb) and 500 kms over my 60000K warranty my sway bar links had to be replaced. One month after I replaced them I had to replace both control arm bushings. After replacing all of that I started to hear rattling coming from my steering wheel. I came to find out that my steering column will need to be replaced. Before I bought my car I had a vehicle history report done and it came back clean. It was used as a city courier car. I had thought that maybe because of city driving these parts had been worn out prematurely. After doing some research I found hundreds and thousands of people who are experiencing the same problems. Almost all of them claim that these problems were with cars bought directly off the lot. I know 5 people personally who also had the same problems. One of my friends had his steering column replaced 4 times. I replaced my sway bar links twice and they need to be replaced again and I am on my second set of control arm bushings. I have yet replaced my steering column because I can not afford the bill. I have learned of the recent recall for the power steering motor. That is one of the problems that I don't have, yet. Could someone please explain to me how recalls are decided on" does someone have to get into an accident for these companies to take some kind of action" I am waiting for the day when I am driving on the highway and the front end of my car falls off.

- Fredericton, 00, USA

problem #315

Mar 022010


  • 9,057 miles
I drove my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt into a hardware store parking lot and was making a left turn to find a parking space when the power steering failed. I was unable to complete the turn and as a result hit the cement pole that was protecting the cable that was attached to the telephone pole. I was able to drive the car home, but later that night I had to go to the emergency room as I was in a lot of pain. After reading my X-rays, the doctor said I had rib contusions and whiplash. A week later I am still suffering pain and unable to function normally from the accident. I have not had the damage to the car addressed yet and I don't intent to drive it again.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #314

Mar 022010


  • 107,166 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the contact was driving 65mph he attempted to change lanes and noticed that the power steering light had appeared on the dashboard, moments later the vehicle no longer had power steering causing the contact to crash into a nearby guard one was injured and a police report was not filed for the incident. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 107166.

- Emporia, VA, USA

problem #313

Feb 232010


  • 59,381 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Her daughter was driving at 57mph she didn't see a warning light for power steering. The steering got hard and pulled to the right, she pulled the steering back to the left and lost control of the vehicle and collided into a guard rail. The vehicle was totalled. She did not receive any injuries. A police report was filed. The failure and the current mileage was 59,381.

- Aplachin, NY, USA

problem #312

Mar 072010


  • 108,627 miles
Power steering keeps going out on my sons car. I am concerned if power steering goes out while making turns could be dangerous. The power steering goes out from time to time have to stop restart sometimes that will take care of it for a little while.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

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