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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2006 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2006 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for this power steering issue, up to 10 years/100k miles. However a large number of 2006 G6 owners have reported they were not covered by this campaign, based on VIN#.

As of late 2013 the NHTSA had well over 700 steering complaints on file for the 2006 G6, with 21 crashes & 12 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2006 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2006 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.

4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,000 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 012014

G6

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear doors will intermittently not unlock either with door switch or keyless control. This create a hazard if a small child is in a rear seat restraint, have to craw between the seats to try and reach the locks to manually unlock them.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Dec 072010

G6

  • 30,000 miles
My current problem with my 2006 Pontiac G6 sounds the same as the recall for the 2009 Pontiac G6. Today (12-8-10) I had to bring in my car in to the dealer after putting my car in park, which then proceeded to roll. The wiring system did not seem to recognize park or disconnected from the transmission. I later tried to turn the ignition and the car would not turn on at all. 4 months ago I brought it in for the key getting stuck in the ignition because the car didn't recognize it as being in park. Three other times I had issues with the brake/foot peddles. I would have to break to accelerate and drive to slow down or it would not accelerate at all until it reached 30mph. It would automatically drive in traction control and read decreased engine power on the panel. In addition, I have recently had a fountain of water pouring into my car surrounding the sunroof on either side of panels btwn the front and rear windows, resulting in severe interior damage and subsequent mold spores growing. Instead of the filter surrounding the sunroof filtering water out, it is filtering water in.

- Audubon, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 142008

G6

  • miles
There are no rear-door security locks on the vehicle. My child opened the door while the car was moving at a high speed on a highway. Luckily, she was not injured but could have been. I went to the GM dealer and they were not helpful at all. The owner's manual states that the car comes equipped with rear-door security locks, mine does not have them. The dealer states that the 2006 model temporarily discontinued that feature and then started equipping the car with the feature again in 2007. I find that hard to believe. I would just like the locks installed on my car at no charge to me.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #4

May 122008

G6 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The vehicle did not come equipped with a rear child safety lock mechanism. The owner's manual stated that the vehicle should come equipped with this mechanism, but it does not. The contact just learned that the feature does not exist when she recently attempted to use the lock. The dealer agreed to install the mechanism at the cost of $460.67. The current and failure mileages were 27,000. Updated 06/09/08

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #3

May 122008

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The vehicle did not come equipped with a rear child safety lock mechanism. The owner's manual stated that the vehicle should come equipped with this mechanism, but it does not. The contact just learned that the feature does not exist when she recently attempted to use the lock. The dealer agreed to install the mechanism at the cost of $460.67. The current and failure mileages were 22,000. Updated 06/02/08

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The convertible top and the trunk fail to close. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but has not been diagnosed at this time. The failure occurs intermittently and without warning. The current mileage is 16,000 and failure mileage was 1,000.

- Patlmetto, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 232007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 gtp. The contact stated that the vehicle did not have rear door child safety locks. The manufacturerwas unable to explain why the vehicle did not have this feature. The manufacturer checked the owner's manual, called the dealer' and they do not have an explanation. The contact stated that her child opened the rear door twice and jumped out. This was a serious safety concern.

- Dixon, CA, USA

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