NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,025 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.

2005 Pontiac G6 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 032008


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. When the contact started her vehicle, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel, which indicated that the air bag on the passenger side had deployed. There was no occupant in the passenger seat at the time of the deployment and the vehicle had not been involved in a crash prior to the illumination. A few days later, the contact was traveling with a passenger in her vehicle. When the passenger attempted to fasten her safety belt, the belt locked and would not extend. The dealer stated that the contact would have to pay to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 111,487.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 292006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,576 miles
My wife was involved in a accident where she rear ended another small pickup truck at approximately 35-40 mph. The air bags did not deploy in her 2005 Pontiac G-6. my insurance company, and the local police were surprised that the airbags didn't deploy. The initial injuries to my wife were some soreness to her side and back, and a bruise above her nose where her glasses hit her. Luckily her injuries were not more severe.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #1

Jun 092005

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
: the contact stated while traveling at 10-15 mph the vehicle was hit from behind causing the vehicle to hit another vehicle. There was enough damage done to the front end of the vehicle to have the fan blade and radiator replaced, however the air bags did not deploy. There was a police report taken at the scene and injuries did occur. Most of the damage was done to the rear of the vehicle. The dealer has not been notified.

- South Saint Paul, MN, USA

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