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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,075 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Chevrolet Volt steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Chevrolet Volt Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 062018


  • 70,000 miles


This is the third incident since I had this car along with charging issue in the beginning of ownership this Chevrolet Volt has been been deem total from the accident that occurred on January 6 because of the steering locking

- Bay Point, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 232014

Volt 4-cyl

  • 19,500 miles
After driving in a straight line for about 20 minutes at 55 mph I noticed the steering wheel seemed to be stuck in the center position. With a slight force it seemed to come off of a notch and resume normal feel until once again I traveled for some time in a straight line. Since the vehicle was still under warrant I took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the steering rack and pinion but I am entering this complaint because they would not confirm that the parts they used to fix the problem where any different that the original parts that caused the problem after 19000 miles of driving. Nor would they tell me the root cause of the many Chevy Volts that have experienced this problem. My concern is that it may happen again after 19K miles and perhaps in a more serious fashion.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 192014


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Volt. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the power steering assist malfunctioned sporadically without warning. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel would become stiff for several seconds and before returning to normal function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 18,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 232012

Volt 4-cyl

  • 800 miles
At any speed over 57mph, if you leave the steering wheel centered (such as on a long straightaway) the steering wheel will lock in that center position. It takes significant force to pull the car out of that center locked position. Chevrolet is aware of this issue, but has so far been un-willing to fix it in my vehicle (they will not send the part to the dealership).

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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