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NHTSA — Seats Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: No heat, no air conditioning, and visibility issues because of a busted defogger system. Basically, anything coming out of a vent in the 2006 Torrent is broken.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,658 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.

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 042015


  • 55,450 miles


I had just turned my car on to go to work, and it was cold out, so I turned on my seat warmers. Within seconds I felt heat on my lower back. I reached behind me to see what it was and my finger found the whole and was slightly burned..I bought this car 3 months ago, and there was a hole in the seat when I purchased it. I figured it was a cigarette burn, and the dealer had no information on it. This was my first time using the seat warmers, and the hole is now about the size of a quarter. The seat stopped burning after I turned off the seat warmers.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 302014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 75,050 miles
The seat heater on the driver side melted through the front of the seat back. It melted about a nickel size hole in the seat and melted several spots in the clothing I was wearing. The wire for the heated seats is still sticking through the hole. The heat in that one spot still gets hot when the seat heater button is pressed, so it is a continuing safety concern to anyone who drives the vehicle.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 252014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving down the road I had my heated seat turned on and I noticed my back getting hot. I pulled over and my seat had a hole burned in it and had burned my shirt as well as my back. I have notified GMC already and they contacted my local dealership and they are asking me to pay $500 to have my seat fix. I feel this is a manufactures problem and it could have been worse. I have searched online and noticed I am not the only one this has happened to. Alot of people have stated they were burned as well. I need something to be done because I do not have $500 to correct this problem. I am asking for some help.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 012014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I was driving down the road and had my heated seats on and I noticed it was getting really hot, so when I got to my destination I stopped and got out and I noticed a hole in my seat where it had burned right through it. So if I had not had a coat on it would have burned me.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 182014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 77,761 miles
I was driving down the road and had the heated seats on. On the driver's side I felt my back get hot and felt behind me and my coat had a hole burnt through it my back was hot and a hole in the seat also.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #3

Dec 222010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The heated seat on the driver's side burnt a hole through the upholstery and burnt a hole in my wife's coat. The heated seat on the passenger's side burnt a hole through the upholstery and burnt a hole in my coat. Both heated seats burnt holes through the upholstery and there are currently exposed wires. It ruined our coats as well.

- Portland, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 112013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the driver seat wires melted through the seat without warning. The contact sustained a third degree burn on her lower back. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 126,000.

- Center Rutland, VT, USA

problem #1

Nov 292010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While I was driving my 2006 Pontiac Torrent, my driver side heated seat caught fire. The seat was turned on and began getting hotter than usual. I began to smell burning. I was on a major highway and could not pull over, so I stuck my hat behind my back due to the high temperature. Although I turned off the seat I still smelled burning and the seat was still hot. When I got off the highway, I saw that there was a whole burned into the seat and my hat was smoking and had a would as well. This could have been my back.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

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