NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 2)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,162 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Dec 182006

G6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,188 miles


Front of car hit a deer going 55 mph on highway. Airbags did not deploy. Major damage to front of car and the airbags never did deploy. Luckily husband was wearing his seat belt.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 312006

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2006 Pontiac G6 was involved in an accident on the interstate. Traffic had slowed down to about 25 mph and the vehicle behind did not notice and struck my vehicle at about 60 mph. This force pushed my vehicle into the vehicle in front of it. The driver was wearing their seat belt and shoulder strap at the time. During this incident, the steering wheel along with the main shaft came free of the column and was sitting in the driver's lap when the vehicle came to a stop. The airbags did not deploy and the wiring harness was still attached to the steering wheel. My main concern was that, with the steering wheel in the driver's lap with the shaft sticking straight up, the driver could have been impaled with the shaft through their jaw and up through their skull if the airbag had deployed at that time. I do have a digital picture of the steering wheel placed loosely back into the column if you need to see it.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

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