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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 6 of 7)

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,991 miles

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2006 Pontiac G6 lights problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #36

Jul 162011

G6 6-cyl

  • 19,782 miles

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

Intermittent brake lights. Unpredictable. Almost rear-ended. This is a known defect but not subject to recall due to my VIN. I understand this is a common problem for this car. Very dangerous. I should have been notified by GM as to this serious problem. Further, GM should issue a recall for all vehicles with this problem, not just a select few. How could this have been overlooked or ignored"?" all owners should be notified of this problem immediately. This has been given NHTSA # 09V036000. Tsb sb-08-05-22-009A.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 012010

G6

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when braking, the brake lights would not illuminate and would sporadically illuminate when the brakes were not depressed at all or flicker on and off sporadically. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #34

Aug 012008

G6

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the rear brake lights were illuminated when the brake pedal was not depressed. When the brakes were depressed, the rear brake lights would not illuminate. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer repaired the failure however, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 79,700 and the approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #33

May 282011

G6

  • 51,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. The contact stated that while driving various speeds the brake lights would illuminate; however, when the brakes were applied the lights would not illuminate. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 51,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #32

May 252011

G6 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Rear brake lights fail to turn off even when you are not using the breaks. The rear brake lights stay on even after you turn the car off. The only way to get them to turn off is to pump the brake until they turn off. People driving behind you do not know if you are stopping.

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 042011

G6

  • 79,932 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving 40 mph when the rear brake lights failed. In addition, the brake lights would illuminate independently without the brakes being applied. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the vehicle was repaired yet the failure recurred shortly thereafter. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) and contacted the manufacturer but was advised that his vehicle was not included in the recall. No assistance was offered. In addition, the contact stated that he was warned by the police for driving with the failure. The failure mileage was 79,932. The VIN was not available.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #30

Apr 022011

G6

  • 14,889 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6/V6. The contact stated that while driving various speeds another driver advised her that the brake lights were on and she was not depressing the brakes. When she did apply the brakes they would not light up. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her that her vehicle was not included in any recalls and to take the vehicle to a local dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was approximately 14,889.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #29

Feb 142011

G6 4-cyl

  • 49,800 miles
Brake lights are working in reverse to the required operation. Apply foot pressure to the brake pedal and tail light go out. Remove foot from the brake pedal and the brake lights illuminate. This is causing constant near rear end collisions and immediate road rage from other drivers.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #28

Jul 012009

G6

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights were continuously illuminating although the brakes were not depressed or engaged. In addition, the contact was unable to switch gears unless she would apply extreme force to the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not duplicate the failure and refused to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 124,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #27

Dec 212010

G6 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I was recently informed that my brake light was illuminated while I was driving. The light went off when I stopped the car. That problem also affects the cruise control. The cruise control is not working because the brake light is illuminated. Or the cruise control disengages after a while without me applying the brake pedal. I had the brake switch replaced twice but that was not the problem. When I surged the internet I found numerous G6 owners with the same problem. I called GM to question the recall and was told that my VIN number wasn't part of the recall. I would need to go to the dealer and have to pay for the repair. I don't think it is right from GM to include only a handful of cars in the recall when obviously other cars same year same model have exactly the same problem. The internet is full of postings complaining about the same issue.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #26

Dec 012010

G6

  • 98,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. While driving at any speed, the contact noticed that the brake lights remain illuminated when the brake pedal was depressed. When the brakes were applied, the brake lights also shut off, in addition the cruise control became inoperable. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no related recalls. The dealer was not advised nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was approximately 100,000. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #25

Jul 112010

G6

  • 89,828 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake light stayed illuminated while the vehicle was being accelerated and would turn off when the brakes were applied. The contact had to disconnect the battery to shut the lights off. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in recall 09V036000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights). The failure mileage was 89,828.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #24

Dec 012010

G6

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph when the brake lights illuminated while the contact was accelerating. The contact stated that the brake lights would remain illuminated abnormally. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who informed the contact that he would need to replace the brake lamps. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Bloomington , IL, USA

problem #23

Dec 042010

G6

  • miles
Brake lamps won't operate properly brake lamps may not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed. In addition, the cruise control may not engage, and greater brake pedal force may be required to shift the vehicle out of park and illuminate bake lights.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #22

Jan 012010

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The rear brake lamps illuminate without the brake pedal being depressed. Depressing the brake pedal causes the brake lamps to shut off completely. While the lamps are illuminated, the cruise control is not able to be engaged. This issue has the same symptoms as GM recall no. 80317, but my VIN falls outside of the recalled range.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #21

Aug 012010

G6

  • 44,100 miles
GM not recognizing a larger VIN # range for NHTSA campaign id number :09V036000 this involves brake illumination activating when brake pedal is not depressed and the brake lights to go off when braking. Issue is due to corrosion on wires.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #20

Feb 102010

G6

  • 60,000 miles
The brake lamps stay on when I am not depressing the brake and when I do press on the brake pedal they go off and the dealership keeps charging me to fix the problem but it still keeps happening and I have almost been hit in the rear about 70 times so far.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #19

Apr 092010

G6 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac G6, the brake lamps stay on when the brake is not depressed and turn off when the brake is depressed. I went to 2 dealers and have seen many complaints online. They tell me that this is not a mfg defect. Maybe not but it is surely a hazard. This effects my cruise control and prevents it from working because the brake switch sticks as if the brake is being used. I had the brake switch replaced once before but it is happening again. Is there not some recourse for the repair. This has happened about 7 times over the last 6 months.

- Marquette Heights, IL, USA

problem #18

Mar 312010

G6

  • 71,500 miles
The brake lights on my car only work properly on an intermittent basis. The brake lights come on when the brake pedal is not engaged and the brake lights will stay on at times when the brake pedal is no longer engaged. The cruise control will also just disengage while driving down the road or fail to set a speed when trying to set. There is a current recall on this exact problem with cars like mine. However, GM claims that my vehicle is not included in this recall as the defective part/issue is not on my vehicle according to the VIN number issued.

- Murphysboro, IL, USA

problem #17

Aug 082009

G6 6-cyl

  • 25,560 miles
I previously leased a 2005 Pontiac G6, and loved the car very much. Through my lease, I just had one issue, which was covered under the warranty. Since the return of that lease, I purchased a 2006 G6 because I really enjoyed the car. However, I am now experiencing the same issue with this car as well. The issue is regarding the brake lights. The brake lights will illuminate without pressing the brake pedal. The danger occurs when fellow drivers are unaware if the brakes are truly being pressed. With the 2005, this problem progressed where I actually pressed the brake lights would actually go off, which was extremely dangerous. I assume that since I have owned two cars, and both have now had this problem, that it is a wide-spread issue. So, I conducted some research, and found that appears to be the case. I found information regarding a recall on this issue on several websites, noting that the recall began in February of 2009, and also provided information to call Pontiac about it. Upon calling this number, there were no recalls found regarding my car. I found it troublesome that I found recalls in research, but nothing was issued through Pontiac, so I E-mailed them about the issue on 08/05/09. They responded with a phone call to inform me there was no recall on my car. Since it is a very serious problem, I have been waiting since for a recall; however there has not been one issued as of yet, so I am hoping this information might help. Some of the recall information that I found was at the following locations: www.internetautoguide.com/auto-recalls/09-int/2006/Pontiac/G6/index.html (recall id# 69074) www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V036000).

- Wyoming, MN, USA

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