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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,306 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 032014


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle could be restarted but the failure persisted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing but the vehicle could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000. Updated 09/05/14

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #5

May 202014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the steering wheel became very hard to maneuver. The contact mentioned that after turning the vehicle off and restarting it the power steering would resume normal function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 107,000 and the current mileage was 107,083.

- Punta Gorda , FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 052013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the power steering failure made it extremely rough to turn the steering wheel intermittently. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to make a complete right or left turn. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering). The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.....updated 07/23/14

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 312014


  • 110,000 miles


Have owned the vehicle since 32K miles, 2nd owner I think. Starting about 1 and 1/2 yr ago the electric power steering (eps) started turning off while driving under any condition. When this happens it is very hard to turn the car. Car must be stopped and engine turned off and on again to reset eps system. This is very dangerous and happens at random.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010


  • miles
Electric power steering failure: This is a known issue by General Motors and they have recalled Chevrolet cobalt and Malibu, along with Pontiac G5. The same part is used in the Chevrolet HHR, which shares the same platform and many common parts with the cobalt and G5. I have had several instances of power steering failure that nearly resulted in accidents. I feel endangered and General Motors does not care. They need to recall this. I have searched and found many many incidents of this occurring on the web. They know about this and refuse to acknowledge the problem.

- Paragould, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 222009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 49,838 miles
Electric power steering motor failure in 2006 Chevy HHR with 2.4L engine. Car has approx 45000 miles and the electric power steering would fail while driving. The power steering light would come light on the instrument panel. Turning off the car and restarting would fix the problem sometimes, but it would always fail again. The car was taken to the local Chevrolet dealer and they had to replace the electric power steering motor.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

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