NHTSA — Air Bags 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:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,961 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

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 032014


  • miles


The contact owned a 2005 Pontiac G6. While driving at 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the vehicle rolled over multiple times into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck and shoulder injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 012014


  • 76,000 miles
Service air bag warning light illuminates intermittently. GM dealership said it's a common problem and there is a service bulletin for it, but no recall. Also stated if it isn't fixed the airbag will not deploy.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 162014

G6 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
When we turn the ignition key the engine starts but the key remains in start and doesn't return to run.we get no gauges, no power windows, and obviously no air bags, and no radio. If we barely touch key the car shuts off. We were fortunate to be able to park and figure out that you had to physically and carefully turn the key to run. The car died 9 out of 10 times. We had just bought the car and the dealer had earlier shaved the cars key to solve the problem. The dealer then had the lock changed by a certified locksmith. We contacted GM to verify that the new ignition that the locksmith put in wasn't defective, (not that we question the locksmith)and was told the car wasn't on the recall. When we asked whether they could tell if the lock was ok, or if the problem was deeper in the ignition they said we would have to pay $110 just to find out, and if it was defective, $300 more. Now we've contacted GM and got a file number, and guess what" they're blowing us off. We never even knew about the problem until the recall news 2/14.the recall needs expanding. And we need to know if the locks a locksmith might buy to replace, is also bad. GM refuses to give that info. And they say they haven't got the parts to repair their problem anyway. Can it be the ignition lock only or is it deeper"

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 082013

G6 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Service airbag message popped up and stays on until the car is turned off this is just one of many issues I've had with this vehicle and I'm embarrassed to say that my dad and a couple of my uncles had worked for the GM plant in linden NJ.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 012009


  • 41,805 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac G6. Two years ago, while the vehicle was at a stop, the contact's vehicle was struck by another motorist traveling 90 mph. In turn, his vehicle was pushed into traffic and struck the driver's side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. Both front seats were cracked in the mid-lumbar area, which caused severe injury to both front passengers. A total of four occupants were injured and a police report was filed. The failure mileage was 41,805.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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