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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2010 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 4)

10.0

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 1 of 4)

problem #72

Oct 162016

G6 4-cyl

  • miles

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

I was driving my vehicle down a mountain when the power steering light came on and its also saying service enc and also the traction light came on, the steering was real hard for me to control going around the curves, as soon as I got down I pulled over to the side, turned off my engine, turned it back on again and the lights where off, as soon as I started driving it seemed like my steering on my left hand side would start to get rough and then the lights would pop back on and I would have trouble steering, I live on some pretty winding roads and a couple of the turns I thought I was gonna end up on the side, but I just could not keep stopping and starting it up all the time cause it was dark and not to much places to pull over.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #71

Sep 102016

G6

  • 194,000 miles
When I start the car, I get a power steering failure and cannot move the sheering wheel. I have to shut it off to get it working and has happened about 8 times. Today the car was on and was going to park my car, moving slowly and the power steering cut off. I had to restart my vehicle to get the power steering to work again. The signal for a power steering power comes up on the dash board. Why was there a recall of this until 2009. When many 2010 G6 are having the same problem. I am scared if this happens at a high speed.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #70

Apr 052016

G6

  • miles
I was driving in the middle of traffic and all of a suddenly on the dash appeared power steering ESC my steering wheel then locked up and my car cut off in the middle of traffic I was really scared and feared for my life because there were no lights so that the oncoming traffic could see me... I think that this issue really put me in a very dangerous situation

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #69

Mar 052016

G6

  • 118,000 miles

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

The power steering randomly stops working. I have to then pull over and restart the car for it to start working again. This is very dangerous.

- Hermantown, MN, USA

problem #68

Feb 232016

G6

  • 97,000 miles
I own a 2010 Pontiac G6 with roughly 97,000 miles on it, today while driving it incurred power steering failure. I was driving in a residential community after dropping my youngest off at the sitters and went to pull out on to a busy road when it failed. 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 adviser at the dealership acknowledged that the "problem" was very similar to the steering problem for the earlier models that are subject to the recall. However, since the 2010 model was not included in the NHTSA recall, the cost to repair this problem seems to fall on the consumer and it is estimated to be in the $1800 to $2000 range, something I really cannot afford. This is clearly a safety issue especially since I had my children in the car with me and has similar characteristics as the earlier models included in the recall. Please review this model years subject to the recall. The consumer should not be burdened with the cost of repairing what is obviously a design defeat. Further and more importantly is safety for the passengers and other drivers on the road. Thank you for taking the time to review this matter and hopefully amend the power steering recall to include the 2010 models.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #67

Jan 312015

G6

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While the vehicle was parked, the service power steering and service ESC was displayed across the message board. In addition, the steering wheel vibrated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #66

Feb 152016

G6

  • 68,000 miles

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

My power steering goes in and out, I hit a curb today on the expressway when the power steering stopped and then suddenly started working again.this power steering issue will cause some one to have a very bad accident, and GM is aware of this issue, this can turn into a very serious lawsuite, I demand that my 2010 Pontiac G6 steering problem be covered under recall, this is a formal demand.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #65

Feb 032016

G6

  • 113,000 miles
I was driving my car and the ESC light kept coming on (although I was not going slow or turning in a manner that would typically trigger it). I stop to get gas, and I turn off my car. I turn it back on after gas and the service ESC light comes on as well as an ESC off light. I begin to try driving and it appears that my power steering has completely failed. This has never happened to me before. I go online and see there was a recall for this issue for Pontiac G6 models up to 2009 (NHTSA campaign id number 14V153000). I have a 2010. Upon searching further, I found there are many others who have had the same issues with their 2010 but were not able to get the car fixed without a substantial cost to the consumer because the 2010 model was not covered in the recall. I am writing because it appears as though we are affected by the same issue and should be included in the recall.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 232016

G6

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed and became hard to turn while driving 70 mph. The contact was able to turn the steering wheel with force and coasted safely out of traffic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Brazil, IN, USA

problem #63

Jan 152016

G6

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph and attempting to make a turn, the steering wheel lost power without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle off the road and parked. The contact later called the dealer and was informed to bring in the vehicle for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not included in a recall and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #62

Jan 032016

G6

  • 98,000 miles

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

Whilst driving around 68mph attempting to switch lanes from left to right steering wheel locked propelling vehicle to spin out of control causing driver to strike a concrete barrier

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #61

Oct 202015

G6

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was a reoccurring failure in which the ESC warning light illuminated. The steering wheel was extremely tight each time the failure occurred shortly after starting the vehicle and once it was in motion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and a dealer for further inspection and diagnosis. It was unknown if the vehicle was diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #60

Dec 072015

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
I have issues with the steering and power steering as in the recalls thru 2009 models. It will go out. Sometimes you can turn the car off and on and it will work again for a minute. 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 NHTSA will investigate this matter accordingly and amend the power steering recall to include 2010 models. Thank you.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #59

Oct 312015

G6

  • 25 miles
Took the car in for a recall I received regarding the power steering stated power steering has gone out several times throughout this year and last, steering shaking terribly GM service had the car and told me I need to pay over $300 to fix the battery cables before they could figure out the problem. So it became my problem instead of the recall issue. Ridiculous they let me take the car as is. I am appalled at this point. My vehicle has lost power steering many times and is very unsafe but until I do something GM wont do anything.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #58

Mar 252015

G6 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering suddenly went out without warning causing an accident where I had to have body work repaired. After picking up from insurance, I dropped it off at sewell GMC dallas to take care of recalls. At that time they said the power steering is in the recall and will be fixed. Once I was called to pick up, they said it was not covered. Every Pontiac G6 has a recall on loss of power steering except mine. I had a wreck because of sudden loss of steering ability. The 2010 model should be included. So many other issues too including low beam harness burning. Mine does that too...no recall. Mainly frustrated that I was told power steering was covered only to find out not.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #57

Mar 242015

G6 4-cyl

  • 89,457 miles
My complaint is about a recent issue I had with my vehicle. Upon starting the vehicle the ESC indicator came on and locked the steering wheel in place. This does not happen each time the vehicle was started, but periodically. If the car did start and no light would appear, the steering wheel would shake. The shaking was very very noticeable. We had taken it into our mechanic to have it looked at. When he first started the vehicle the same issue occurred for him that the ESC light had come on and the steering wheel locked in place. He turned the vehicle off and then back on, this time he experienced the shaking steering wheel. Before he would take a further look at it, he looked up the issue on the internet; he found there a recall from GM on the ESC sensor and asked us to take it to our dealer. Upon taking it to the dealer that we were told that even though our vehicle was the same year and make it was not part of the recall. After doing some research on the internet, I find that our vehicle was doing the same thing as the other complaints. We were told our VIN is not part of the recall. I just have a hard time understanding why the same make and model and same issue is not covered. I have a bigger concern over the safely of us driving this vehicle as well as others with the same vehicle if the steering would go out while driving.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #56

Apr 222013

G6 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I had an incident in 2013 that might come in to play with a recent recall. I own a 2010 Pontiac G6. As I was driving down a main road traveling at an average speed of 45mph my vehicle became impaired. The dash screen projected service ESC/ low traction. The steering became almost impossible to control and no matter how hard I pushed the gas pedal down the car would not go any faster than 5 mph. The car also became jerky, jerking the whole car back and forth for a moment. I this happen multiple times. I took the car to the GM shop and after changing a lot of parts that didn't need to be changed they finally changed a part called a sensor and that seemed to stop the problem. It seems there is starting to be a recall on this but not my car and I'm not sure why. This isn't the first problem I had with this car sense I got it....updated 08/12/15

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #55

Mar 102015

G6

  • 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 #54

Mar 022015

G6 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While traveling in heavy traffic, the power steering failed, extremely hard to turn wheel, brought car to stop. Dash indicated "service ESC", and "power steering". pulled into parking lot, turned off car, and a short time later, restarted car, seemed to work correctly, this happened several more times over the following several days, but would come back after car was shut off and restarted. After a week of this, it happened again, but would not come back after car was reset. Unable to driver car at this time as a result.

- Rocky River, OH, USA

problem #53

Mar 092015

G6

  • 82,000 miles
Check engine light went on and the steering locked up and was unable to turn right at a light. Forcefully turning the wheel with great effort I managed to make my way into a grocery store parking lot took a deep breath and turned the car off. Waited several minutes took the key out of the ignition and started the car again the steering was back and I continued on to work reluctantly since I am unsure when and if this is going to happen again.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

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