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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,667 miles

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2007 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #55

Dec 152013


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel was difficult to steer on multiple occasions and the instrument panel failed intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 6,000.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #54

Jun 102014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
On several occasions while driving the vehicle the electric power steering failed causing my son to have to pull over quickly as it was quite difficult for him to control the car. During one event he also described what seemed to be loss of brakes as he said he had the brake to the floor and was not stopping; he had to use the emergency brake; this occurred at the same time as the power steering loss. He has had several instances where he would try to accelerate without affect.

- Plum Branch, SC, USA

problem #53

Apr 102014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Waiting 6 weeks for dealer in jacksonville fl. To obtain the parts required to correct the defect. Dealer and GM will not provide a date for when the defect will be corrected.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #52

Jun 122014


  • 124,509 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was repaired under NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage were 124,509.

- Elsberry, MO, USA

problem #51

Apr 092014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received recall notification NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the parts delay. There were no failures.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #50

Sep 132012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle used in late 2009 with approximately 30000 miles. A couple years into ownership the car engine began shutting off while driving unexpectedly, 4 times during left hand turns where we were turning into parking lots or driving over a dip in the road. Once over a pothole. It's very scary, left hand turns are dangerous maneuvers anyways, let alone having your car stall while doing it. These incidents occurred before we ever heard of recall. We received the notices in the mail, but parts were not available and the dealer is clearly overwhelmed and annoyed. Our first contact was incredibly rude and put my husband on hold for twenty minutes and then basically said don't call us we will call you and hung up on him.. in may the power steering issue happened while I was driving on the freeway traveling 65mph on a freeway curve during heavy winds. The chime sound was followed by the error message and I became very afraid and the car was very hard to steer. I finally got to shoulder after completely panicking because I did not understand what happened. The car will resume normal operation after turning off for a period and restarting, but it's just a matter of time till it happens again. The recall on the steering is not being covered because my model year is not included in recall even though GM is covering it in other 2007"??" makes no sense. I'm told that they are extending lifetime warranty to original owner but most of these model years are already in resale market so we are excluded, so I guess this will fall on our pockets.. I am very annoyed and I refuse to drive my kids around in this death trap anymore. I asked for loaner finally. I'm done with this thing.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #49

Jun 102014


  • 124,636 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed to lock whenever the key was removed from the ignition switch. The contact mentioned that the vehicle had recently been repaired under recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who indicated that the vehicle was working up to specifications and explained to the contact that what was perceived as the failure was actually a new safety feature. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 124,636.

- Elsberry, MO, USA

problem #48

Apr 012013

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle had an ignition problem since the time of purchase. The consumer stated one of the keys would not work and the other key would get stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on many occasions. However, the consumer was informed there was nothing wrong. The consumer stated her granddaughter were involved in an accident while driving the vehicle, and the air bags did not deploy.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #47

Apr 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system ). the dealer informed the contact that the part needed was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The contact did not experience any failure.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #46

May 212014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Could not open drivers' side door. In addition the radio would not turn off after key was removed. Took to dealer, they found a defective module located inside the drivers' side door that controlled all this. Not being able to open the drivers side door....having to depend on an electronic absolutely a very dangerous situation. There should be....a simple mechanical over-ride...or better yet, why is opening (and closing?) a door electronic at all? it was definitely fun to contort my 6'1" 250 pound body out the passenger side door. $441, please.........

- Southampton, NJ, USA

problem #45

Apr 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles


The recall I have had so far was with the ignition switch and that took the dealership over one month to repair. After my car was repaired and apparently rekeyed I am locked out of my car, the key will not unlock my car door. I called the GM roadside assistance, with hopes of assistance. They inform me they will be a $59.95 fee to unlock my car and they accept all major credit cards. I explained to them this was not my error it as a result of the ignition recall they stood firm of their fee and suggested I call the local authorities. When I contacted GM about the recall I had shared with them I was having power steering issues. While I am driving my car my power steering goes out and it becomes hard to steer as well the is a display on the dashboard "power steering". on several occasions on the street, freeway and while turning into a parking space. I then became aware of a recall on HHR power steering, however they say it not with my vehicle.later I read an article stating that jeff boyer was offering a lifetime warranty on the vehicles that have not been recalled.GM also said 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet Hhrs from the 2006-2008 model years model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor. So then when I call the 800 number to find out how I may have this power steering issue addressed with my district advisor he shares with me there has been no statement made that he is aware of I feel unsafe driving in this vehicle and with the round around and non assistance I am getting from GM I am not sure I ever will. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fountain Hills , AZ, USA

problem #44

Apr 232014


  • 20,000 miles
This is in regard to recall # 14V-047. About 3 months after I bought this car, I lost battery power. Over the next 6 monthe or so I lost the battery 3 more times the last time at a gas station. I got a start from aaa emergency serv- ice who checked the attery and said it wold not charge. So, I had to buy a new battery, since it is not a standard battery I had to look for a battery in several local cities, it was after hours. The following week my power steering died. A local mechanic repaired it, a relay or fuse problem this happened a second time and now I really got worried. I got the recall notice from Chevrolet detroit and called princeton, NJ. Chevrolet. I was told a apart had to be ordered and would take a few weeks. Two weeks later, I called pinceton Chevrolet, no part, yet. Finally, today I called them a third time and spoke to jack their warranty mgr. No part yet. Then I called chev detroit and spoke to"tisa ?". she mollified me by telling me I could get a loner until my car was repaired. I tried to call princeton chev again but the line was busy for over an hour.I feel like I am getting the old run around.they expect me to give up..I won't and I'll make phone calls untill I get satisfaction..

- Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

problem #43

May 012014


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recall information.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #42

Mar 272014


  • miles
Non of what you've listed above, apply.. I'm upset about how long this process has taken.. I understand that this has been held back since 2007 and GM was aware of their own wrong doing! but I called to set up an appointment locally and they tell me that the parts are still on order.. I cant afford a rental! now people including myself are operating on fear.. my airbag light blinks off and on from time to time. The key at times want turn in the ignition!! I like this car, but no longer., why doesn't GM offer loaner cars to us all until they fix the issue that they caused... scared of dyeing in raleigh, nc.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #41

Apr 202014


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would become loose in the ignition. The contact had also received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system) however, the dealer stated that the part was not going to become available for a minimum of 3-4 weeks. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #40

May 012014


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition defect. The consumer was appalled to recently learn, that the ignition defect was known for years. He stated he was not warned or encouraged to take corrective action to lessen the impact of the defect.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 052014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Vehicle was sitting while running my husbands knee bumped the key fob and the ignition switched to off. I checked and found there is very little resistance to the key turning off.

- Doniphan, MO, USA

problem #38

Mar 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system), however the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #37

May 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to a defective part installed in vehicle. The consumer was upset over the recent recall, and cover-up by GM.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #36

Nov 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice and during accident air bag malfunction. The consumer stated she rear ended. She was hit so hard, the other vehicle's license plate, left an imprint in her bumper. The air bags did not deploy. Shortly after, the power steering would go out. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop, where a part was replaced. However, the steering issued returned, while driving, the steering wheel started moving back and forth, and she was unable to control it, and consequently, the vehicle flipped over.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

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