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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,741 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

May 052014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notifications for NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The dealer made the contact aware that the parts needed to perform the recall repairs were still not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of problem. The contact had not experienced the failure. Remailed 08/20/14

- Wobourn, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 102014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated the key was able to be removed from the ignition without shutting off the engine. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was contacted in regards to the recalls. However, the manufacturer declined to provide an estimated time frame of when the vehicle would be serviced under both recalls. The dealer was contacted and made the contact aware that there was waiting list of over 222 vehicles that needed to be serviced under the recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximately failure mileage was 65,000.

- Pasadena , CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated to the contact that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not contacted. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Gladstone , MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 082013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


I've been having problems with my right front end since I bought the car. When I cut the wheel hard to the right, it makes a loud thumping noise like something is going to pop off. It makes the most noise in a slow or parking movement. Then I take it in and they pump up the tires with air, and say there's nothing wrong with it. Then the air low light for the tires comes on. You fill it up, and then another one comes on. Then check the air bag pops on. I've even experienced the car literally feeling like the motor idling real low to almost shut off. This has happened atleast 3 times. I was only doing about 25 miles an hour, but it was really cold outside. Everytime I have taken it for repair, they have said, we can't find anything wrong.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 192014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated the key would not turn in the ignition switch. There were several attempts before the vehicle functioned normally. In addition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Parsons, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 132012


  • 38,000 miles
Was driving at 45mph when all of the sudden all gauges, power steering, and engine went erratic. Lost power steering going down hwy. Car darted to the left a little. Took the car to dealer for a diagnostic. Was told by dealer that the data link circuit shorted causing electric short to power steering control module and it would be $1125 to repair. I have filed a complaint with GM but haven't heard back from them. This should be a recall issue due to possible loss of control of car and causing a crash. Also a possible fire due to the electrical short they described to me on the invoice. The power steering and gauges are all still going erratic because I am trying to see if GM will fix this safety problem. This should be a safety recall do to the fact that a young driver or even female driver or anyone in fact could lose control of vehicle when the power steering control module decides to go out and come back on then go out again.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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