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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 25 of 28)

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problem #71

Sep 152009


  • 68,000 miles


Power steering failed. Turned off the car restarted and it happened again in less than five minutes.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #70

Sep 142009


  • 39,755 miles
My wife was driving down the highway at 65 mph when the power steering went out. While researching this problem online I have found hundreds and hundreds of people with the exact same problem with the Chevy Cobalt. She nearly had an accident.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #69

Sep 032009


  • miles
My name is crystal marie torres, and I purchased a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and it's barely going to be 2 years in December that I've purchased it! the power steering is already going out and the light appears. I don't believe if I'm paying for practically a new vehicle it shouldn't be doing this so soon. I've always done my best to take care of my vehicle, so why is the power steering failing!!! I got on the internet to investigate this situation with other Cobalt customers, they too are having the same issue.... something needs to be done, otherwise there will be lawsuits going into action for false advertisement on such a great car! not fair to the public who has been nothing but loyal customers!!! help resolve this issue soon!!! here is the sight where others are posting their issues with the same conflict on their Cobalts!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #68

Sep 052009


  • 79,000 miles


I am having an incident with my power steering locking up in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt and I have replaced the gear box Nov of 2008 and it is back to doing it again. I am afraid that if it locks up on a curve with my children in the car on a curve it may not stay on the road and lead to an accident. I have reported this problem to GM and have had no luck.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #67

Sep 142009


  • 27,000 miles
I was driving back from work and I had the power steering fail on my car. I pulled over and shut the car off, when I restarted the car everything was fine. About 10 minutes later the same thing happen. I pulled over again and shut off the car. This continued about every 10-20 minutes on the way home.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #66

Aug 092009


  • 93,456 miles
My 2007 Cobalt purchased in amid May 2009 has a defect in the power steering which is located in the steering column. I have researched and found out that over 10,000 customers have the same issue. The repair costs $649 at al Sierra in grand blanc mi intermittently the car randomly looses its power steering and it can occur at any time. I presume this can be dangerous especially on icy roads.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #65

Jul 142009


  • 26,000 miles


I was driving my car on a straight stretch of road for about 5 miles at about 45 mph when the car's information screen read "power steering" and the wheel locked up. I was able to safely pull into my place of work but with a lot difficulty as the power steering was out. I turned the car off and then on again the problem was gone. I took it to the dealership the next day and they said it was a very common problem and they would need to replace the steering column. This is an extremely dangerous problem and needs to be addressed by GM. How many accidents need to happen before GM does something about this. I have an earlier model of this same car and have the same issue now only GM refuses to fix it because it is past it's warranty period. This is a serious defect and I now im not the only one having this issue. Two of the same model cars with the same issue at the same house is a problem.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #64

Sep 112009


  • 64,234 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt with power steering problems, it has stopped on me several of times on streets and freeways and have been very lucky so far of avoiding and dodging major accidents but I have tried to fix it but I am still having problems with it more then a couple times a month it is unsafe and unreliable.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #63

Sep 112009


  • 18,482 miles
Power steering failure in my Chevy Cobalt.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #62

Sep 102009


  • miles
Power steering on my Chevy Cobalt goes out while driving, fortunately I haven't had a wreck. I read about this all over the internet and a bunch of people have the same problem. I think GM should do a recall on these vehicles.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #61

Sep 062009


  • 40,000 miles


Failure of power steering in 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have been driving and the computer alert flashes saying power steering and the steering wheel locks and becomes not movable. This has happen to me twice. The mechanic has replaced a blown fuse and the problem came about again. The steering column will now be replaced.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 062009


  • 19,000 miles
While driving my Chevrolet Cobalt the power steering will cut out. The only way to get it to come back on is to turn the ignition off and start it back up. You do not have to turn the car off, just to acc. Thankfully this has only happened to me while I had to negotiate turns at slow speeds and straight roads of 45+. I would not like this problem to occur while I am on the highway at speeds of 55+.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #59

Sep 012009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 48,877 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 45 mph the consumer noticed that the power steering light appeared on the dashboard and suddenly the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 48877. Updated 10/21/09 the consumer stated when she made a turn, the steering failed. Updated 10/22/09

- Smoot, WV, USA

problem #58

Nov 162008


  • 4,857 miles
Steering wheel shaking makes noise, popping, grinding while driving and turning then doesn't feel right. Have had the problem four times this is the fifth time. The steering column and parts have been replaced four times this would be the fifth we were told by the first tech the steering wheel column would fall off in our hands and we wouldn't be able to steer the car and we have been fishing over this safteyissue with GM since. Before there is a fatality they keep replacing it cost money we are without vehicle for time to fix stress neverknowing if or when it will fall off we don't want to die in a car accident or kill someone they will not replace the car keep saying its safe thenwhy do they have too keep replacing it if it isn't a defect in how its attached to frame. We are scared enough to keep taking it back when it starts making the noise etc instead of waiting for it to fall off in our hands or lock up so we couldn't steer enough is enough we don't know what else to do or how to get help we still owe on the car bought it new and this all started 4-6 months after we bought it.

- Pgh., PA, USA

problem #57

Jun 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at any given speed on normal road conditions. The power steering failed. The driver experienced extreme difficulty steering the vehicle, the power steering warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and it remained lit until the engine was turned off. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. When the vehicle was restarted it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. They stated that the power steering failed. The dealer stated that there is nothing they can do to repair it. The failure mileage was 45000 and current mileage was 51000. Bl updated 09/18/09. Updated 09/18/09.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #56

Aug 082009


  • 47,000 miles
Power steering failure.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #55

May 012008


  • 30,000 miles
The power steering goes out with no warning. This happens now every time I drive my car. For some reason it seems to be related to the temp outside. I took it to the dealership and they quoted me $ 700 to fix this problem. As a single mother this is beyond my means. I feel this is dangerous for myself and my child.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #54

Jul 202009


  • 45,000 miles
Bought 2007 Chevy Cobalt certified used with 38,000 miles. About 5 months later the power steering starts to fail. Power steering reads in the information box and wheel becomes extremely hard to turn. This problem is off and on and has been getting worse (happening more often) as time has passed. This has been revealed to be a very common problem in Cobalts and makes driving conditions very dangerous. Am told the entire steering column and associated parts may need replacement.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #53

Aug 202009


  • 53,216 miles
The power assist in the steering system fails without warning while driving making steering extremely difficult if not impossible. This happened to me while I was turning left ahead of oncoming traffic and I was unable to hold a tight radius that would allow me to clear the intersection properly.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #52

Aug 172009


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. While driving 25 mph the power steering warning light began flashing and the power steering in the vehicle disabled. The dealer is aware of the failure; however, no remedy has been made. The contact is aware of the safety risk since he has no control steering the vehicle while driving at high speeds. The current mileage was 57,390 and the failure mileage was 57,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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