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NHTSA — Seat Belts: Front: Warning Light/Devices Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,838 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 Pontiac G6 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 072013

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake light remained illuminated when the brakes were not engaged. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 39,300. Updated 09/11/14 updated 1/5/15

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,375 miles
I bought this car on 4/12/2006. The electrical system has a problem so when the passenger rolls down the power window the driver can not put it back up. On 6/29/2006 I took it in for this and they put grease on my windows and they replaced the drivers side window switch. It worked for 2 days and then it stopped working again only this time the passenger seat belt warning stopped working as well, so on 7/8/2006 I took it back and they replaced the drivers side window switch again and repaired the wires to the warning for seat belt. Now here we are it is 7/17 and it quit again on Friday the 7/14/2006 so I called and this time they told me they are keeping it indefinitely and the lady who made my appt. Said I should consider renting a car. I argued that for as much money as I spent on this car I should not have to, so they agreed to pay the rental. My concern is this; things keep happening with the electrical system what if it causes a fire or worse an accident with me and my 3 kids in it.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

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