NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 3 of 3)

CarComplaints.com Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague

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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,213 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.

2006 Pontiac G6 lights problems

lights problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Pontiac G6:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #4

Jul 242009


  • 74,000 miles


Please reference NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000. On 2/17/09, GM recalled 8,012 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 vehicles, because the brake lamps would not operate properly due to 0 corrosion in a wiring connector. Symptoms include brake lamps illuminating when brake pedal is not depressed, brake lamps failing to illuminate when brake pedal is depressed, cruise control will not engage and greater than normal brake force is required to shift vehicle out of park. I was informed that my 2006 Pontiac G6 was not included in this recall, VIN [xxx]. however, my vehicle is experiencing the exact problems as described in the recall notice. I contacted GM's owner center to try and get my vehicle covered. The GM representative (ted) advised me that I must first have the Pontiac (GM) dealer perform a diagnostic test at my expense, and that, depending on the outcome of the diagnostic test, GM may or may not cover my vehicle. Since this is a documented safety issue, I find GM's response to be completely unacceptable. I am therefore requesting that NHTSA require GM to cover the cost of needed repairs for any GM vehicle that has this problem. As noted in the recall notice, "brake lamps that are not operating properly may not warn a driver in a following vehicle of the braking status and could lead to a crash without prior warning". this is a serious safety issue and I find it unacceptable that GM would not repair, at their expense, any vehicle with this problem. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 232008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that there was an intermittent issue with the brakes on her vehicle. Whenever she depressed the brake pedal, the brake lights would dim. Whenever she depressed the accelerator pedal, the brake lights would illuminate. The dealer stated that she would have to pay $95 per hour to have the vehicle inspected. The contact declined service and the issue seemed to have corrected itself the following day. On June 23, 2009, the failure recurred. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 09V036000. The current mileage was approximately 60,000 and failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 052008


  • 38,700 miles
My 2006 Pontiac G6 brake lights are reversed. When I'm driving, they are constantly on and when I stopped they turn off. It seems to be an intermittent thing that my dealer has attempted to fix twice. My vehicle is now at the dealer for a 3rd time.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 282007

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,052 miles
Brake lights not functioning properly! brake lights either was on all the time or flickered. The dealer has been great by putting me in alt transportaion, but seemed the problem only existed with me for they did not have the problem with the car while in their possesion, but when I picked up my car the problem was again there. They have replaced the brake light switch, ABS module, and reprogrammed the BCM. But the problem still existed. Very dangerous, no one could tell when stopping, slowing or going or just riding the brakes. This has to be addressed.

- Conover, NC, USA

Not what you are looking for?