really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,831 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 3 of 10)

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problem #152

Aug 142014


  • miles


2010 Chevrolet HHR. Customer has received recall for car but still has problems after repair. The consumer stated as she was driving, she heard a grinding noise, whenever she turned the steering wheel. When she returned to the dealer, the noise was gone. However, when the vehicle was returned to her, the noise was there. The dealer determined the air bag coil was making the noise. The consumer stated the noise was not there, when she took the vehicle to the dealer to complete the recall.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #151

Dec 122014


  • 54,800 miles
While driving through a school zone at 25 mph, my power steering failed and reverted to manual steering. My girlfriend is unable to steer the vehicle during the manual steering mode. I researched the VIN recall database and found that there was recall for "some" 2010 non turbo models. Mine is a non turbo model. I had two recalls on my vehicle which I had repaired on 12/31/2014. The following quote is from the GM recall web page: "with these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right, ? said [xxx], vice president, GM global vehicle safety. ?we have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough." This is a severe safety issue that must be addressed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #150

Jan 022015


  • 54,000 miles
My power steering light came across the dash and I could not steer my car to good. It will not go out now and I have 2 kids that we almost got into an accident when this happened. I have only had my car a year and a half and I think someone should be fixing it for me at no cost.

- Palmerton, PA, USA

problem #149

Dec 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,056 miles


Driving on interstate and the steering warning light came on, the steering became almost impossible to manage. Pulled off at next exit thinking I would check the fluid level. Couldn't locate the fluid reservoir and read the manual to find out that the power steering is electrically controlled. Came close to losing control of the vehicle at high speeds.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #148

Feb 042014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet HHR. The engine died while driving. The dealer informed the consumer, the steering column and steering box needed to be replaced.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #147

Sep 012014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While driving various speeds, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized and required excessive force to maneuver. When the vehicle was initially started, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure recurred multiple times. The dealer diagnosed that the power steering motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #146

Sep 012014


  • 50,000 miles


Power steering failure while driving. Has happened multiple times with more frequency since initial incident. This vehicle VIN # is not included in recall.

- Jaffrey, NH, USA

problem #145

Oct 082014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My power steering is going in and out in my car which can be quite dangerous. GM says there is a recall on it but its in customer phase mailing so they won't fix it.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #144

Sep 112014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Power steering goes out while in drive. Comes back on when car is turned off and restarted, then goes out again. Repeatedly.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #143

Sep 072014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Was driving down highway and suddenly the power assist steering quit working and could not steer vehicle. Sometime power assist works and sometimes it doesn't.. at times it locks up. Had to have a mechanic get vehicle to Chevrolet garage because I was not strong enough to steer it.

- Columbia, KY, USA

problem #142

Sep 012014


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel locked causing the vehicle to crashed into a fire hydrant, a mailbox, and landed into a ditch. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #141

Aug 292014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 89,232 miles
I was driving to an appointment, when my power steering flashed on the dash screen and my steering wheel went from fluid to stiff. I pulled over to the side of the road as soon as it happened and turned off the car. When I turned it back on, the steering was fluid again, but the air bag light had came on as well as the ABS and traction. The steering wheel was fluid only for a few minuets, and then after making a few turns, I lost the steering once again. I have learned of a recall on the HHR's power steering and starter. I will go to the dealer and ask them what they can do. I am filing this so it is noted in the records of the happenings.

- Royal Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #140

Jul 082014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the power steering failed intermittently. The power steering, air bag, and service engine sensors were all illuminated and the contact had a difficult time turning the steering wheel. There was a loud clicking noise that was heard each time the steering wheel was turned. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 10/7/14 the vehicle overheated, the engine and air bag light illuminated. The lower control bushing, timing solenoid and camshaft needed to be replaced. Updated 11/25/14 the consumer stated the dealership could not duplicate the power steering failure. The left front head light was replaced 5 times. The catalytic converter and front axle were replaced. The vehicle rolled backwards out of the driveway causing minor damage.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #139

May 152014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
David stanely Chevrolet Oklahoma city was notified in may that we need to take care of the recall notices on the power steering and ignition. They said it would take 6-8 weeks to get the parts. As of the 4th of August they have made no attempt to fix these recalls and we are now being told we have an appointment to have it inspected for parts on Sep 18th. Is this how GM is handling all these recalls?

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #138

May 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notfication of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering) and stated that the part was not available. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Willow Spring, NC, USA

problem #137

Jul 292014


  • 102,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact was driving at an unknown speed when the steering wheel seized and the vehicle crashed into a truck. The contact sustained minor injuries to the legs, neck, and back. One of the passengers sustained injuries to the lower back and hands. The other passenger sustained injuries to the lower back and thighs. Medical attention was received and a police report was filed. After the crash, the contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14E021000 (electrical system: Ignition switch); however, the parts were unavailable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #136

Jun 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving and dash go black problem steering also having problem with car starting and turning have had to call aaa several time got new battery still same problem car starts when it want stops when it wants have received two speeding tickets in less then twenty-four while using cruise control where again the panel just goes out same with lights there are times when something also smell like it is burning have reported this several times to GM no response very afraid to drive this car because I don't know what it will do on any given day but I have a loan on this car I pray every day I get in and attempt to go to work praying I make it safe to and from work [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #135

Jul 262014


  • miles
Sudden lose of power steering with power steering light coming on and engine stopping. Luckily we were exiting a shopping area and was on a downhill grade and was able to coast to the side without incident (except the irritated traffic behind me). We were able to restart the car with no difficulty but the power steering light immediately came on and indeed there was no power steering. Went to a local auto parts place who said the fuse looked good, but we changed it anyway, hoping this would fix the problem, but no such luck. I live in the city and work in a metropolitan area, this is my only mode of transportation and at this point my biceps and shoulders are getting pretty sore. Very difficult to pull in and out of my driveway. Looking back, I see how this could have been disasterous. What if my 16 year old had been behind the wheel? hope it doesn't take long to get repaired. Updated 05/7/2015

- Fort Thomas , KY, USA

problem #134

Jul 232014


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000(steering), however the vehicle was not repaired because the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #133

May 242014


  • 21,053 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system) it began experiencing steering failure. The contact had to turn the steering wheel and change gears in order to start the vehicle. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the power steering sensor illuminated intermittently. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and then back on in order to reset the electric power steering. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), but the dealer did not have the parts available. The manufacturer and dealer could not provide an estimated date of arrival for the parts. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 21,053.

- Breaux Bridge, LA, USA

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