NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2005 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2005 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for power steering problems, up to 10 years/100k miles.

As of early 2013 the NHTSA had 300+ steering complaints on file for the 2005 G6, with 12 crashes & 4 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2005 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2005 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


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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.

2005 Pontiac G6 accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 042010

G6 6-cyl

  • miles


Cpst noted during crs installation that vehicle owners manual for 2005 Pontiac G6 GT indicated that latch anchors were located in outboard seating locations. Vehicle clearly had 6 lower anchors (3 sets). Lower anchor configuration appears "atypical" for the rear driver side and center seating positions. These 4 anchors are unevenly spaced and likely require the use of "every-other anchor" to properly secure a crs. The vehicle manual guidance directions could pose a significant risk as the rear outboard location behind the driver has 2 anchors spaced about 8-9 inches apart. Center latch install could also be a problem as the two center most anchors (of the 6 total anchors) are also spaced only 8-9 inches apart. This atypical spacing is not uncommon in GM vehicles but is detailed in the vehicle manuals.....and usually includes an illustration. This particular vehicle manual gave no clue as to which of these atypical anchors should be used to install a crs behind the driver or in the center with latch. Vehicle manual cover indicated it was the 2005 Pontiac G-6 manual. The first page of the manual....indicated the part # for the manual was: 05pon/buiwarsupl 2004 GMC this complaint involves primarily the vehicle owners manual...but indirectly involves atypical lower latch anchors that are spaced non-intuitively and may result in installation errors for child safety seats.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

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