NHTSA — Steering Problems

2010 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,548 miles

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2010 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2010 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #52

Mar 052015


  • 90,500 miles


Had same issue as other days complaint. This time turning car off and restarting didn't help. Took car straight to shop. Left with the local dealer they called said torque sensor bad same as the 09 recall issue. It's going to cost $517 dollars to fix. General Motors needs to address this issue before someone gets hurt. I need the car to get to and from work so what does a person do but fix and hope it's made part of recall. I own 2 other GM vehicles ready to get rid of them before they start falling apart.

- Bedford, IA, USA

problem #51

Mar 042015

G6 4-cyl

  • 92,300 miles
Has happened multiple times past two weeks. Issue typically occurs at starting of car, once while driving down highway: A chime is heard, the dic displays power steering, the ESC off indicator comes on, and power steering is lost. Turning off car and restarting can reset and power steering works. When power steering is working, the steering wheel shakes while at a stop, can sometimes be felt when driving.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #50

Feb 272015


  • 95,000 miles
I was waiting in a drive thru lane when all of a sudden my car made a chiming noise and flashed power steering, service ESC and I had no power steering. Turned the car off and restarted it and it was fine. This happened 4 other times after that, having to re-start my car to get power steering. Then when my car is comes to stop the steering wheel shakes and makes a terrible knocking noise. Very frustrating that models 2006-2009 are recalled for exact same problem but not the 2010"?" get with it GM this is a terrible hazard and clearly a problem that needs to be addressed!

- Monroe , MI, USA

problem #49

Mar 032015


  • 90,000 miles


While driving down highway service power steering service ESC. Lost steering very hard to steer. Turned car off restarted then had no issues. Then several hours later had same issue turned car off and was able to make it home.

- Bedford, IA, USA

problem #48

Feb 092015


  • 94,500 miles
I noticed that when I would go to start the vehicle I would get some waring lights such as "no power steering" and "service ESC" or something to that affect. There would be no power steering when I would first turn on the car but it I shut it back off and then restarted it would clear out and I would have power steering. Shortly after that started the steering wheel would make jerking or rapid movements back and forth by itself sometimes even when I was driving down the road. Eventually the power steering went out while I was driving and nearly caused me to wreck! I began a search to see if there had been any steering problems with the Pontiac G6 reported and I found that there had actually been several recalls but when I contacted GM and they said that although the Pontiac G6 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 models had been recalled that my 2010 had not been included in the recall. They told me that since my vehicle was no longer under warranty they would not cover the repair..... even though it was the exact same part that failed (steering wheel torque sensor) on the vehicles that had been recalled. I had to pay out of pocket.....$503!

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #47

Feb 192015


  • 110,000 miles
Driving at a speed of 35 mph and the steering just when off and was hard to steer. Check power steering service ESC and the ESC off indicator came on (the warning came at the same time, so that was worthless) and had to re-set by turning the car off. It happens again on 2/23/2015. When it did happen it was nearly impossible to steer. I see where GM has recalled up to the year 2009 but not beyond that. Whats up GM?? I have been a GM owner most of my life, but if GM does not own up to this problem I will not be buying another GM product. I purchased this car brand new. Estimated cost to repair this problem is between $800 to $1200 GM recall it now before someone get hurt or killed!!!!!

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #46

Jan 212015

G6 4-cyl

  • 183,000 miles


About a month ago I started having issues when I would start my car the power steering, service ESC messages would come on and I would have no power steering, however restarting my car usually fixed the problem, the last two weeks I have noticed it getting worse and there is now a shake in my steering wheel and now this is happening while I am driving. I was doing 60 mph on a highway today and lost all power steering. I have looked this up and all other year G6 have a recall from this issue but the 2010 does not, and it seems alot of people are having the same issue, this is going to cost me around 700 to get repaired

- Little Sioux, IA, USA

problem #45

Feb 062015

G6 4-cyl

  • 98,773 miles
While driving along the highway the service lights starting going off saying power steering service ESC and I no longer has power steering. I've noticed that upon starting the car sometimes I have power steering and sometimes I don't.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #44

Feb 092015

G6 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The power steering goes out, just like as described in the latest recall of GM's, which added to last years models. My year make is not included in this recall as of yet. I just got this item repaired at a dealer for over $500 dollars. What will it take to recall my 2010 for the exact same steering issue. I will demand to get reimburse for the cost of my repairs when and if it gets recalled, I hope there's many more cars with this same problem to make an extended mass recall, before for potential of more accidents is inevitable.

- Bath, MI, USA

problem #43

Jan 262015

G6 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I have a 2010 Pontiac G6. A few weeks ago I was driving thru town and stopped for a red light. As soon as I stopped the steering wheel started to shake. Then as I proceed thru the light all power steering stopped and message displayed "power steering fault". if I shut the car off with the wheel straight and restart, I will have power steering for a few miles. I went to the dealership about this issue and they said my car is not affected with this recall. Why"!" all other models are having the same problems.

- Tiffin , OH, USA

problem #42

Feb 152015

G6 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Driving to town and the car starts to"ding" at me. I look down and it says "power steering" and "service ESC" and then I notice that there is no longer any power steering.

- St Croix Falls, WI, USA

problem #41

Feb 132015

G6 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
In the beginning my car would pull to one side and the steering wheel would shake really bad. It would shake driving and at a stand still. After it would shake the power steering would shut off. I could be driving or at a stand still when it shuts off (it didn't matter). I start my car now and the power steering light comes on as soon as I turn the key saying that the electric power steering is not working.

- Middleport , NY, USA

problem #40

Feb 022015


  • 96,350 miles
Dear NHTSA; I own a 2010 Pontiac G6 that within the last week incurred a power steering failure. Recall research shows that on March 2014 the NHTSA required GM to issue a recall for this exact problem, however, it only covered the G6 models up to the year 2009. The service advisor at the dealership acknowledged that the "problem" was very similar to the steering problem for earlier models that are subject to the recall. However, since the 2010 model year was not included in the NHTSA recall, the cost to repair the problem falls to the consumer and is estimated to be in the $1,800 to $2,000 range. This is clearly a safety issue and mirrors the same characteristic's as earlier models included in the recall. I have contacted GM regarding this matter and have been assured that a local customer service representative will be contacting me within 48 hours. While I appreciate GM's willingness to "consider" the matter, I urge the NHTSA to re-visit the model years subject to the recall. The consumer should not be burdened with the cost of repairing what is obviously a design defect. Further and more importantly is safety for the passengers and other drivers on the road. I hope that the ntsb will investigate this matter accordingly and amend the power steering recall to include 2010 models. Thank you.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #39

Feb 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While driving at various speeds, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel would become very difficult to turn. The contact indicated that when the failure occurred, the ESC off and power steering warning sensors would illuminate and the steering wheel would vibrate. The contact also indicated that while operating the vehicle, the low beam headlights would suddenly shut off and only the high beam headlights could be used. The head lamps were replaced on several occasions, but the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Randellstown , MD, USA

problem #38

Jan 262015

G6 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Driving into work the warning bells sounded on the car. The power steering was illuminated and after a few minutes the ESC off and ESC warning also came in.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #37

Sep 012014

G6 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I lose power steering from time to time. I may have it when I start the car and then lose it going down the road. I may not have it when I start the car and then it comes back.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #36

Jan 152015


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 75 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering and ESC warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was notified that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 155,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Omaha, TX, USA

problem #35

Nov 252014


  • 89,000 miles
While driving downhill at approximately 50 mph, the power steering warning indicator went off and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn, shorty followed by the electronic stability control warning indicator. I pulled off on the shoulder of the road and turned the engine off and restarted the engine, and the power steering worked again, but the same thing happened once more on my 35 mile commute to work. On the way home, however, the power steering would only work for about 15 seconds each time I turned the engine off and back on. Now both the power steering and ESC dont work at all. I took the vehicle to the GM dealer where I live, and was informed that the car was displaying error code C0545, indicating that the steering shaft torque sensor, the torque position sensor in the steering, needs replacement, and that there is a recall out on other years of Pontiac G6's for the same problem, but 2010 was left off the recall. No word yet on whether GM is going to own up to their problem and take care of it, but after reading all the other complaints on here related to the same problem, I am not too optimistic. It is unbelievable that GM can manufacture and sell vehicles with problems like this. It's a wonder that there was not an accident involved when this happened, the vehicle is completely unsafe to drive.

- Ruidoso, NM, USA

problem #34

Nov 072014


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering and electronic stability control warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 192014


  • 75,127 miles
The steering is making a noise like gears slipping over riding one another, and catches in turns, the power steering light is on, the speedometer is not working and you have to run it to a high RPM to shift out from one gear to another, and it shifts hard when it does.

- Belfry, KY, USA

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