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:
56,550 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 24 of 28)

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problem #97

Nov 032009


  • 55,000 miles


2007 Chevy Cobalt power steering failure in my young daughters car. She was in Colorado when this took place thank god she wasn't in a snow storm, she would have crashed. Please let there be a recall and get these fixed before someone dies. Car has 53,000 miles on it.

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #96

Nov 052009


  • 56,000 miles
Chevy Cobalt 2007. While driving under any circumstances, without warning the electric power steering shuts off at same time "power steering" notice appears on driver information readout. Car has no power steering near impossible to steer under 30 mph. Very tight and dangerous over 30mph wont maintain lane on bend or corner. Causes extremely high public safety conditions. Car can be reset by turning off ignition and restarting car, problem happens intermittently and without warning, has occurred multiple times over last few days and many times over last few months, has happened only one time in corner cause driver into on coming traffic.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #95

Nov 032009


  • 43,800 miles
Power steering on 2007 Chevy Cobalt ss died. My whole steering column needs to be replaced. It happened while on a major highway and could have ended very badly. This is a severe safety issue. My car only has 43K miles on it. This should not be happening to a 3 year old well maintained vehicle.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #94

Oct 252009


  • 55,000 miles


Electronic power steering fails intermittently. Problem is temporarily resolved by shutting off the engine and then turning the vehicle back on, but comes back again.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #93

Oct 252009


  • 26,000 miles
Power steering on a 2007 Chevy Cobalt suddenly went out, no warning.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #92

Oct 102009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions; the steering wheel locked without warning. The "power steering" warning light indicator also illuminated on the instrument panel and there was difficulty steering the vehicle. The contact was able to drive into the emergency lane with caution. The engine was turned off, including the illumination of the "power steering" warning, the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The identical failure occurred on four occasions. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to an authorized dealer for inspection. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 44,000. Updated 11/04/09. Updated 11/09/09

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #91

Jun 102009


  • 43,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The power steering flashes on my screen and then my steering wheel becomes all stiff. It makes it very difficult for me to park, reverse and turn my car. About 3 months ago the problem started. Then for about a month it completely went away. For the past month the problem has become much more severe and it the power steering flashes on right after I turn on my car. I took it to the deal the first time it became an issue and they said it was $895 to replace the steering column, I don't have the money to pay this and this car is my only transportation. I've been doing my research and found out that this has been a problem in many Cobalt drivers. I believe this should be a recall, its very dangerous!

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #90

Sep 192009


  • 43,000 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt power steering failure drive at any speed and power steering goes out without warning. When it goes out, it is very difficult to steer. Has happened 4 times in the past 1 week. Nothing has been done to correct yet as it is very expensive to fix. This has an electric power steering unit so there is no fluid to check.

- Tunkhannock, PA, USA

problem #89

Oct 182009


  • 32,539 miles
2007 Chevy colbalt ls. Power steering gives up. Power steering message turns off when the car is shut off but message come back a few days later and the power steering keeps failing.

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #88

Jul 302009


  • 66,000 miles
At first the problem would come and go for about two months but gradually got worse. Now, I have no power steering at all - ever. The dash dial gauges go haywire and it feels like my transmission is going to drop out of the bottom of the car!!

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #87

Oct 042009


  • 58,818 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. On two occasions while driving the power steering warning light illuminates on the instrument control panel, and then there was a loss of power steering. The dealer replaced the electrical steering motor, the module. And the power steering column. On October 14, 2009 while leaving the dealer, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,818. The current mileage was 62,000.

- Pattison , TX, USA

problem #86

Sep 202009


  • 40,000 miles
Power steering randomly fails, haven't found the reason, was hoping for a recall.

- Neptune, NJ, USA

problem #85

Oct 082009


  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering went out and it was fixed at the garage.

- Coats, NC, USA

problem #84

Sep 172009


  • 25,137 miles
My cars power steering pump stopped working. As I was coming back from twin falls trying to turn was like being in an iron-man competition and I could have crashed!

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #83

Oct 102009


  • 49,185 miles
Power steering on 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with just over 49,000 miles went out while 16 year old son was driving.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #82

Oct 032009


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 50 mph. The power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then she lost power steering. She was able to safely restart the vehicle. However she continued to experience difficult steering. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to the dealer, and contacting the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 42,000. The current mileage was 42,359.

- Colony, TX, USA

problem #81

Oct 052009


  • 35,915 miles
Driving down the road with my 2 year old daughter in the car, and all of a sudden the power steering on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls went out. Almost caused a pile up as it was on a busy, main road. It was working okay if you turn the car off then on, but now it's stalling every minute or two. I have read this is an ongoing problem with the Chevy Cobalt. I don't understand, will it take lives being lost for this problem to be taken seriously? I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow and since it's under warranty I am assuming they will replace what needs to be replaced, but as I have read in other's complaints that isn't any guarantee that it will stay fixed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #80

Sep 152009


  • 47,750 miles
I have a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. At the time of the problem, it had approximately 47,750 miles. As I was driving down the road the check power steering message came across the dic. At that point it was nearly impossible to turn the car as the power steering had failed. I drove the vehicle home and parked it for the night. When I went out the next day to drive to work, I turned the car on and the power steering worked just as it did the day I purchased the car. Upon taking it to the dealer and having the diagnostic test run on it, they said it appeared that there was a failure in the power steering motor.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #79

Oct 042009


  • 45,281 miles
The power steering on my 2007 Cobalt went out while I was driving at 45 mph on a curvy road. I turned off the car and when I started it back up it was working again. I then started back home and it went out again. The car is very hard to steer when it goes out. I have called the dealership to set an appointment up to have it worked on. I bought the extended warranty when I bought the car new.

- Milton, KY, USA

problem #78

Sep 262009


  • 32,000 miles
Chevrolet Cobalt 2007, power steering freezes completely. It happens every time 10 minutes after turn on. Complete power steering column need replace (the mechanic said).

- Miami, FL, USA

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