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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,168 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Hummer H3 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Hummer H3 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 112014

H3 5-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


There was no, accident, I trade my 09 mustang in to walters Mazda, Mitsubishi, in pikeville ky, I did notice a strange noise in the tires, so I took it to have the tires rotated, and the noise got louder, so I took it to a garage to be checked, the mechanic told me my ball joints on the driver side was ready to fall out, I bought the vehicle as is, but I called the car lot and asked for a little help, since my 09 mustang was in perfect shape running and mechanical wise.and they wont help me, my wheel could have fell off and caused me to wreck, or get killed..I don't think the car fax is correct, there was no paper in the vehicle saying buy as is.I have only had it a few wks.the owner said all he had to do to the mustang was put front brakes well that only cost 20, dollars, iam will be out 500.I was told do not drive until I get this fixed..I was sold a very unsafe vehicle, and done very dirty.please help me.

- Kimper, KY, USA

problem #7

Mar 042014


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the rear lift spring failed and caused the drive shaft to also fail. Additionally, the emergency cable caused the wheels to seize. The vehicle was towed to the contacts home and was neither inspected nor repaired. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #6

Sep 212013


  • 45,000 miles
Must replace both tie rod ends, Hummer has never been off road!!! this is ridiculous, apparently it has something to do with the weight of the Hummer, if that be the case, then why didn't they make these parts heavy duty enough to support that weight? they need to do a recall and reimburse all the people who filed a complaint because of this and ball joints wearing out before 50,000 miles!! this is going to cost me nearly $500! my husband had a 2001 Yukon, with 300,000 miles and never had this problem!

- Lost Creek, WV, USA

problem #5

Dec 132009

H3 5-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Brakes had to be done @ less than 32,000 miles. This was all four sets of pads and all four rotors. Early ball joint and tie rods failure (both sides) on a Hummer H 3. the first was under 50,000 miles and now the other side @ 55,000. Truck has not been abused in anyway.

- Ma, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 192010


  • 44,000 miles
2006 Hummer H3 will not accelerate after releasing brake. After taking a hard left turn into a parking space, the truck stopped dead in place and would not accelerate further unless I press the gas pedal down. If I where driving at fast speeds I would have probably flipped it over, and died.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 242007

H3 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
Problems with brakes and steering on vehicle. In shop for 3 months. Picked up from repair and lost control of vehicle 1 mile from dealership with complete loss of steering control. Dealer and tech came and picked up vehicle and can not determine the reason. Ongoing problem for many months vehicle is dangerous and I am now scared to drive. Dealer has vehicle.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 162006

H3 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles
Mine sounds like the same problem as stated by "consumer complaint: ODI case number: 10169754." However, when I took my H3 in, all they did was blame it on me stating I had someone else align my brand new car, and to resolve the issue, they just realigned the vehicle to center the steering wheel. I did ask how the alignment of each wheel was, and they said it was in the 'green' before they realigned, so that tells me it isn't something that I hit in the road to knock it off center, but rather something inside the car malfunctioned. This sounds like something that should be addressed if there multiple instances of the same case, it sounds like one person's dealer actually replaced a failed part, where mine did not for the same issue. To this day I still hear clumking sounds when I steer the car, I hope this isn't leading to a complete failure and a deadly crash for something that I had already reported and attempted to have fix.

- Clay, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 202006

H3 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's steering locked when either going through hard left or right turns. The wheels did not come back to center, and the vehicle went into a ditch. The service dealer determined the steering issue was a basic feature for the steering of the vehicle.

- Zirconia, NC, USA

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