NHTSA — Steering Problems

2006 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 50)

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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:
47 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,368 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.

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2006 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 50)

problem #992

Feb 092018


  • 126,500 miles


Power steering light sometimes comes on, but the power steering intermittently stops working while driving. Then it will start again. There is usually no light or warning before it goes temporarily goes out. This has happened in the middle of turns at low speeds, while turning, mostly on city streets.

- Ladysmith, WI, USA

problem #991

Jan 272018


  • 133,000 miles
Turning the wheel is very hard at dead stop to a slow speed. Ex: red to green light turning bay. As it should turn fairly easily it is a struggle and a half to turn causing a wide turn. On the highway you basically have to jerk it to get over in time. Not to mention it already has an alignment problem as well when I was leased the car.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #990

Oct 012017


  • 188,000 miles
My car has been recalled twice due to electric steering. The power steering intermittently keeps going out well driving and or just starting the car. I have contacted the dealership and they only guarantee the parts replaced for 90 days. So they aren't backing the parts put on to make the vehicle safer. The car also has severe electrical issues. It has locked me in the car and has service air bag notices. The gauges go out well driving.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #989

Jan 232018


  • 193,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the steering wheel vehicle locked up while driving 65 mph on the highway. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and towed to the contact's home. The contact called joseph Buick GMC (8700 colerain ave, cincinnati, oh 45251, (513) 741-1000) and was informed that the vehicle was not under warranty; therefore, the contact would have to pay for the remedy. The contact stated the vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 15V064000 (steering) in 2015. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 193,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #988

Jan 102018


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While the contact's wife was driving approximately 70 mph, the steering wheel jerked and became difficult to maneuver. The power steering and ESC warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of murfreesboro (960 john R rice blvd, murfreesboro, tn 37129, (615) 645-1075) where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was repaired per the recall and provided case number: 8-3808185085. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #987

Dec 152017


  • 174,000 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac G6 and power steering keeps shutting off while driving the car at any speed since about middle of December 2017 and has gotten worse. I looked up issue that I was having on the internet and found that the year model that I own falls within a recall for faulty power steering parts.tried taking to GM office on my issue and they said best they could do is for me to take it to dealership and have it checked and that there doesn't show a recall on my vehicle. I don't know where to go with this, don't have the money to spend on dealership to check it out just to take a chance that GM won't take care of the safety issue the defective power steering parts has caused. I read a lot of forums where customers of GM have had issues with this and GM has chose not to correct the issue and I think this isn't in the best interests of the customer or the motoring publics safety. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #986

Dec 132017


  • miles


My 2006 Pontiac G6 have not had the recalls of N140152,14V224...by search of the VIN..now the power steering light flashes on radio service center on and off...I am wanting to know how to have this fixed by recall before it's to late..this happens all speeds turning and when vehicle is

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #985

Dec 012017


  • 1,302,060 miles
Got in my car and had no power steering. Looked up my cars recalls by VIN and they say 0 recalls but it says on all other websites there is. So I was just wondering if maybe it was a mistake.

- Lowry City, MO, USA

problem #984

Dec 262017


  • 214,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while at a stop light and the light turning green, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver then seized as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the waited a few minutes and was able to drive to her resident. The vehicle was later taken to steve moore Chevrolet dealer, located at 9325 South blvd, charlotte, nc 28273 where it was diagnosed that the power steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was contacted and made aware of the failure and informed the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

- Indian Land, SC, USA

problem #983

Dec 142017


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the air bag indicator illuminated without warning. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. In addition, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became difficult to turn left or right, although the power steering fluid was full. Futhermore, the transmission shifted hard when placed in gear. Summit Chevrolet Buick GMC in auburn, New York was made of the failures and stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Port Byron, NY, USA

problem #982

Dec 112017


  • 140,000 miles


Steering wheel stopped turning suddenly while driving

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #981

Dec 152017


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving 35 mph after stopping and attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel was difficult to turn. The contact also mentioned that it was difficult to turn the steering wheel to the left. The contact stated that a power steering assist failure was displayed. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact to take the vehicle to a local Pontiac dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was approximately 79,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #980

Nov 032017


  • 16,700 miles
To whom it may concern: On November 03, 2017, my 2006 Pontiac G6 gtp, automobile was involved in an accident that flipped and crashed and causing serious injuries. The vehicle was going straight on the hwy and the car lost steering power and the car went to the right of the hwy. I was surprised to learn at that time there has been several recalls issued on this vehicle. Since purchasing this vehicle in 2013, I have only received one recall notice in 2015 and I took my Pontiac 06 G6 gtp to oaks GMC dealer to be fixed by GM, and I was not aware of any other recalls about the power steering until I found research through NHTSA after the accident, NHTSA recall identification number 15V064000,

- Anguilla, MS, USA

problem #979

Dec 022017


  • 168,967 miles
Power steering went out and car became unstable causing my car to wobble and unsafe to drive couldn't get it repaired was told there was a recall on car and parts. Almost wreaked my car when power steering went out on the interstate and was almost hit by 18 wheeler had to call for someone to assist to get car home. Unable to drive safely.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #978

Nov 162017


  • miles
Power steering is going out at times, then at times its fine

- Thomson, IL, USA

problem #977

Sep 292017


  • 121,000 miles
Pontiac repaired the electric power steering in August 2015 under recall 15V-64000. The problem has returned two years later. Pontiac/GM says that once they make repairs under the recall the repairs are only warranted for 12 months contrary to their 150,000 mile warranty. Warning appears every time your start the vehicle indicating a problem with the power steering.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #976

Jul 102017


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. While driving various speeds, the contact heard a loud clunky noise coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (thompson sales company, 1555 E independence St, springfield, mo 65804) where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #975

Sep 152017


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when at a parking lot of a school, the contact drove very slowly at an unknown speed, the brake pedal failed to respond when depressed and in addition the vehicle accelerated to an unknown speed. The power steering failed to turn left or right. The failure occurred without warning. The failure caused the contact's vehicle to crash into another vehicle, which made the vehicle come to a stop. Only the air bag on the power steering wheel deployed. The other air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a back injury that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electrical system, exterior lighting, vehicle speed control, electronic stability control), 14V153000 (steering) and 14V224000 (power train) however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not contacted and was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #974

Sep 212017


  • 92,500 miles
While driving at any speed on any type of surface, trying to maintain a straight direction, the steering wheel makes small jerks in one direction, then releases just as you have compensated for the initial jerk causing you to move abruptly to the other direction. This continues causing you to make ongoing small corrections and your overall path to zig-zag. This alone has nearly caused me to collide with oncoming traffic while driving on narrow roads. Occasionally, the power steering assist stops working entirely, requiring additional effort to steer the vehicle. There are recalls for this exact problem (torque sensor assembly) in the same make/model/year just not for my particular vehicle (GM tells me, my vehicle's manufactured date does not fall into the recall, even though it is the same exact problem).

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #973

Sep 082017


  • 96,000 miles
Power steering light on. GM Pontiac customer service being unprofessional. Recalls have been issued on similar autos.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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