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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,184 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.

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2010 Pontiac G6 brakes problems

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2010 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 152016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the ESC, traction and the cruise control warning indicators illuminated. In addition, the brake warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, service brakes). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- North Jackson, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 222016


  • 92,000 miles
Brake caliper holding bolts come out. There will be a thumping noise when applying the brakes and you will find that one of the bolts is missing. This is the second time this issue has happened to me.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 012015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While driving 15 mph, the traction control system and electronic stability control system failed. The brake light illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Waukee, IA, USA

problem #10

Oct 122015


  • 62,000 miles


I have a 2010 Pontiac G6 and since purchasing the vehicle I've had it into GM service centers several times to correct an issue with my brake light lamps not working. While driving, when I would press the brake pedal, the lamps would not illuminate, and when not pressing the pedal and driving the lamps would occasionally illuminate. Additionally, the service traction light and service ESC light would come as well and the cruise control would not work. This problem was "fixed" at least 4 or 5 separate times (and would always return several months later) before last year when it then was "fixed" again in October 2014 as an official GM safety recall (GM recall 13036). Approximately 5 weeks ago, just over 12 months later, the exact same symptoms began happening to my car again! while driving, the brake lights would not illuminate when pressing the pedal, along with the other electrical issues that are described in my recall letter (service traction control, service ESC, etc). I took it back to GM service center and they are claiming now that recall repairs are only done once, and since they can't be sure that the root cause is the same, that I now have to pay out of pocket ($1200) to have this issue corrected. They tried to re-do the recall repair as it was described in the letter, but the issue was not corrected. At that point, GM technical support advised them that the next step would be to replace all the electrical wiring for the braking system. The dealership called me and said that not only would I have to pay out of pocket for this, but also that it might not actually correct the problem. They then said my other option was to drive it home as is, without functioning break lamps. If the symptoms are the same (I.e. brake lights don't work) as before when the NHTSA determined this to be a safety recall issue, why is GM now unwilling to fix my vehicle?

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 102015


  • 120,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2010 Pontiac G6 with a 4-speed automatic. My car was serviced for a recall in for the transmission shifter cable. To cure the fix the recall(12106) called for a retainer to be added to the cable to prevent the breakage from occurring. Recently not even two years later as I was pulling into my apartment complex driveway the shifter cable broke causing the my steering and drivability to be impaired. I was able to apply the brakes, but I could not drive the vehicle any further. I put the car in park and exited my vehicle to check out the problem as my car started to roll away. I ran to catch the car trying to prevent my car from running into another car, pedestrians and a nearby items. I was injured in the process. The injuries were not life threatening, but they consisted of bruising, back injuries and my foot being ran over. My car also has scrapes. If the recall was supposedly fixed then the cable should not have broken that soon or at all putting the car is that state of danger. I contacted the dealership and they said there was nothing they could do. Something is not right here, if they repaired the recall correctly and it was a efficient method this should not of still happen. The fix they did is either only a temporary fix and/ or the method they are using is not effective. Also a possibly there might be other parts of the cable that are defected. GM was very incompliant and did not care to examine or see this matter any further, but if this has happen to me it could also be a serious issue with others still. I had to pay a large amount of money to have the car fixed, but this defect and solution are obviously still not working because this is not a normal breakage for any vehicle....updated 03-23-15 updated 06/09/15

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 142012

G6 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The brake lights will come on and stay on and the cruise control will not work also the traction control will shut off I feel this is a major safety to me and my family but cant seem to get GM to feel the same way with paying the bill. I seen you had a recall from 2005 to 2009 on these cars with the same problem I think the 2010 should be included. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bryant, IN, USA

problem #7

May 012013

G6 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Intermittently while stopping the ABS and traction control malfunction errors come up on the dash and the traction control off light comes on. After I stop and release the brakes the lights turn off. I have taken it to a local service station and to the dealer the only code registered was C0561 which, from what I have been told, is another computer telling the brake controller to disable the ABS or a communication failure. I have also had onstar run the codes as it happened and they only had the one code. This happens intermittently and sometimes 2 to 3 times during one drive. So far it has only happened at low speed, but I am concerned that it may happen when the ABS or traction control are needed.

- Greenburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 182013


  • 70,000 miles
Driving home after work. It was snowing so everyone is going slow. Randomly the car would slip and say "low traction" on the led screen. No big deal it's just saying to drive carefully. After one hour it started saying "ESC active" and I could feel the car trying to correct itself. Five minutes later after ESC kept popping on the screen the car chimed and now it was reading "service ESC" on the led screen and an icon came on the dashboard saying "ESC off" the led screen keeps switching between "service ESC" and "service traction control" being that there was a lot of snow the traction control was really helpful but since the light came on the car was just going all over and had a hard time trying to maneuver it, even at low speeds. Lights won't go off after turning the vehicle on\off they are still there. Taking the car to the dealer today. Not looking forward to it. Im on my second G6 first one was great. This one not so much.

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 142012


  • 37,000 miles
Driving home from a long weekend in hibbing mn, we are driving at around 10pm at night when all of the sudden the vehicle shuts off completely. The headlights turned off, steering wheel locked and brakes were not reacting at all due to the vehicle not been running. We were both really scared as the vehicle would not turn the lights on even after I manually tried to turn them on. Car rolled to a stop I slowly applied the emergency/parking brake to help the vehicle stop as I couldn't see anything. After 10 minutes of trying to get the car to start again it did restart. Car had plenty of fuel, I had just replaced the battery roughly 6 months prior to that happening. So I know it was not out of fuel or a battery issue. I have not had the problem again but it was a very scary experience.

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 062013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph and depressing the brakes, the brakes did not engage and the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact stated that the air bags did not deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries reported. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Hollswell, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 012012

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake was engaged. Often times, the brake light would remain illuminated when the brake pedal was not being engaged. In addition, the cruise control function would deactivate independently when being utilized. The traction control and electronic stability control service warning lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 73,000. Updated 3/14/13

- Middle Port, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 082012


  • 61,388 miles
The brakes felt like they were grabbing/holding and were making a bumping sound. This occurred while going down hill or stopping quickly. A week later the ABS light came on, and the brake lights came on and stayed on while driving.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 122012


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph when the rear brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being engaged. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to duplicate the malfunction however, the brake switch was replaced but the failure continued. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

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