NHTSA — Seats Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2006 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 2006 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 this power steering issue, up to 10 years/100k miles. However a large number of 2006 G6 owners have reported they were not covered by this campaign, based on VIN#.

As of late 2013 the NHTSA had well over 700 steering complaints on file for the 2006 G6, with 21 crashes & 12 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 2006 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 2006 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,500 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 012009

G6 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Service air bag message appears frequently and passenger airbag is disabled, even if a person is sitting in the passenger seat. I understand there is a recall for this in vehicles with aftermarket leather seats, but since my vehicle has factory leather seats, I believe the problem may extend to vehicles with factory leather seats as well. This has been happening for years, but I only recently realized that the passenger airbag is disabled when the message appears and am now concerned about the safety of anyone sitting in the passenger seat.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 102014


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 146,000.

- Littleton , IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 012014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While the vehicle was parked, the front passenger seat erupted in flames. The contact extinguished the fire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 152011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the air bag warning light intermittently illuminated. The contact also stated that the front passenger seat heated independently. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 222013

G6 6-cyl

  • 74,397 miles
As I was exiting on to an off ramp the steering locked up and I lost control momentarily at the same time not being able to slow down. The car eventually spun out and slowed down on its own. Then I waited and started it back up and it went.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 122011


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the steering wheel seized and the warning indicator began to illuminate. The contact turned the engine off and upon restarting the steering functioned normally. The identical failure occurred two different times. In addition, the front driver's seat partially detached from its frame. The contact planned to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis and possible repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Munhall , PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 192011


  • miles


Smoke came from passenger seat, inside the car while driving. Most probably a seat heater malfunction. Is a big safety risk as my 3 year old son was in the car. Car is 2006 Pontiac G6 gtp.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 052009


  • 25,000 miles
Seat tracks holding seats on Pontiac G6's bolts & tracks rusted through & GM & dealer will not do anything about it. We think this should be recalled. This could cause a major problem if the bolt breaks off in an accident.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

May 132006


  • 99 miles
My problems started with this car before I even got home with my new purchase. I had 2 children in the car and the tire blew off the rim damaging the fender notes from the invoice state that "parts and labor to be billed to 67D 67F, cannot warr tire that has been mounted wrong on 1st repair" then on 6/26/06 paint was refinished due to clear coat peeling on the hood. On 11/06/06 radio does not play cd's and radio was replaced. 3K mile service with motor silk. Also airbag light was staying on and they said they found a wire to SDM loose and repaired wire. Also right rear tire was leaking air. 4/20/2007 engine was knocking loud when first started in morning at that time they replaced the lifters. The engine was replaced shortly after that and again had problems with the air bag light staying, dealership again said it was a sensor but this is only a few of many issues I've been having with this car. Please contact me and we will go through each one or you can contact the dealership where this lemon was purchased and request the records (I have a copy too)....

- Richmond, KY, USA

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