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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,384 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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2010 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 10 of 10)

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problem #9

Apr 232012


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering wheel seized. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic, who stated that the electronic power assist module was failing. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 15,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 272012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 53,300 miles
Driving on interstate doing 65 mph, power steering indicator went off and lost my power steering. Since the first time, it continues to do the same thing, sometimes 1-2/day sometimes too many times to count in one trip. I have to turn the car off and restart for the power steering to work again.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #7

Apr 142012


  • 51,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle and suddenly dic displayed "power steering", and the steering became very hard to turn. I pulled over, turned off the vehicle and waited for a minute, then I restarted the vehicle & was working fine. Then five minutes after the dic displayed "power steering". now I have to take my car to the mechanic and pay for the repair. It is my understanding that the HHR & Chevrolet cobalt have the same similar power steering system, and a recall for the Chevrolet cobalt has been issued. Why not for the Chevrolet HHR? thanks.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 122012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


While driving apx. 25mph the warning "ding sound" came on & the display read "power steering". by putting the car in neutral and turning the key off & turning it back on & putting in drive, it temporarily remedies the problem but not for long. Sometimes this has to be done 15-20 times. This is driving in town or interstate, it makes no difference. We purchased the car in July 30, 2011 with 45K miles on it. Eight months later, we started having this problem. I've seen many forums with the same complaint and feel that there definitely needs to be a recall on this model. This is dangerous and sounds like a malfunction from the manufacturer and they should step up and recall. This needs to be investigated immediately!

- Paris, KY, USA

problem #5

Jan 132012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 42,215 miles
On 1/13/2012 while on a road trip, I lost the power steering to my HHR and the dic displayed "power steering". I immediately pulled the car off the road, turned it off, and looked under the hood to see if I could find any problems with the belts. Nothing was found and I restarted the engine and the problem was gone. Two weeks later, the problem has returned. Turning off the engine and restarting it will resolve the problem for a short time, then once driving, the power steering goes out again. The power steering motor in the HHR is the same model noted in the recall for the 2010 Chevy cobolt noted in NHTSA action number: PE10005. There are many complaints of this same issue all over the internet. While I intend to have the problem repaired, it is imperative that investigation for this particular issue is considered as the colbolt and HHR share the same frame and are almost identical in schematic makeup.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252012


  • miles
The starter is messed up, it wont ignite back so I can turn my car off. I went to the dealership amd they did nothing.

- Rowland, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 122011


  • 42,000 miles


Power steering went out at 42,000 purchased vehicle at 38,500 miles. Vehicle is all electric power steering.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 092011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 23,972 miles
I was driving down a busy street when my car starting beeping(warning chime) and the power steering light came on. I went to pull my car over to the next side street and found it very difficult to do so. I found I could turn my car off and wait 30 sec and the steering would come back, but within 3 min. I would lose it again and I would have to keep repeating the process. This has happened multiple times. The car is now at the dealer for repair. The steering is unsafe in this car.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102011


  • 49,293 miles
When driving the power steering stops functioning and the steering becomes difficult to turn. When the car is turned off and restarted the power steering is operative for a short time and then fails again.

- Darien, IL, USA

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