2008 Pontiac G6 accessories - interior NHTSA complaints: Seats

NHTSA — Seats Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,066 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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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 062016


  • 118,236 miles


Service airbag light comes on when I drive the car. The only thing I see is I adjusted was the power driver side seat then the light came on.

- Murrysville, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 302016


  • 90,000 miles
Driving local roads approximately 25 to 30 mph the drivers seat of 2008 G6 gxp (electronic leather bucket seat) broke free and collapsed on the right side. Upon personal inspection and later verified by three mechanics including two GM certified dealership mechanics it was discovered that the cross support towards the front of the seat had broken free at a weld. This in turn caused the seat to collapse down and towards the center console. I noticed immediately that the seat belt is fastens to the seat and now freely floats with the seat upon movement. If the failure to this seat had occurred during an accident the seat belt would have been essentially rendered useless as the drivers seat freely moves. Upon inspection from an engineering stand point the seat is supported by one weld approximately 1/8" thick by 1/4" wide at each end of the ~.060" wall tube in suspension from above I ran theoretical weld calculations as per asme and the welds are good to around 10 G's assuming alloy steel and no passenger. (the recommended met force of any seat or seat belt in the forward position per cfr 571.207 standard 207 S4.2(a) and (B) is 20 times the weight of the seat. This is no considering any bending moments per cfr 571.207 standard 207 S4.2(D). There is no reason why any drivers seat should fail under normal operating conditions occupied by a person of average body weight. This seat is not safe and must be recalled. Upon several hours of research I discovered hundreds of complaints of exactly the same design/manufactures inadequacy. These complaints crossed all three manufactures that use this model seat. (Pontiac, Chevy and Saturn) there were other complaints in regards to the heating mechanism shorting out or burning the seat. Mine did short. (no burning) the dealerships all want me to replace the seat with the same seat that may very well have the same defect.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 272015


  • 106,300 miles
I have power and heated leather seats for Pontiac G6 GT coupe. Probably, the seat connection metals have bad quality and are broken. When we raise the seat it tilts to one side. If the seat malfunctions while braking may cause injuries. I have seen in the internet reports from others for a similar issue on Pontiac seats.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #11

May 012015

G6 4-cyl

  • 108,125 miles


Driver's side seat with power adjust for up/down movement stopped functioning and now leans to the right, pushing driver into middle console. Investigation shows complete separation of welded bracket on bottom of seat rack frame adjustment tube - evident of a faulty weld during manufacturing. The opposite welded bracket is still intact.

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 292013


  • 1 miles
I have had an ongoing email thread with [xxx] at GM cust svc since 09/24/2014 concerning my non-attached drivers seat. Let me again repeat: My driver seat is neither permanently nor securely attached to the vehicle. I received one low-ball estimate from an auto shop who priced $425 to repair the seat; I then recently had the local GM dealership look at it - and they quoted over $1,000 to replace the driver seat, rail and seat cover. Corp GM customer service has since given me the runaround. I called her on it and point blank asked if GM would be issuing a recall and repairing these drivers seats. I received her response this morning, in part: I know that it can be troubling to worry about vehicle safety. I want to assure you that your safety is of the upmost importance to us. We certainly want our customers to know they can rely on their vehicles... I looked into the VIN you provided and found 0 open recalls or service announcements associated with your vehicle relating to this concern. Unfortunately, due to your vehicle S age and mileage you are outside of your bumper to bumper warranty and most likely any associated costs, if you choose to work with a GM dealer, will be customer pay. That was her response is after the dealership confirmed and priced the broken driver seat. I know there is no recall - that is the point of my ongoing communications with GM - to get them to acknowledge the hundreds upon hundreds of Pontiac G6 vehicles that have this manufacturing defect. There are over 200 separate blog posts concerning the broken drivers seat on the G6ownersclub.com/forum website. Within those 200 posts are many, many, many, responses to each post. Please look into this incredible safety hazard. Does someone else need to die in order for GM to finally publicly acknowledge this manufacturing defect?

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 292013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving in my car when I noticed my seat moved when I turned the vehicle. Upon arrival home, I found I could move the entire seat and it was no longer properly attached to the track assembly. Right around the same time, the electric height adjustment on the drivers seat also broke - and broke through the seat and now is exposed - I can see 3 of the spokes of the wheel. If I raise the height of the seat, the entire seat shifts and leans against the drivers side door. If I lower the seat all the way to the ground, the seat moves closer to the "center" of where it should remain. However, the seat is always slanted and the entire drivers seat piece is skewed. My husband actually has torn his pants on this exposed equipment when driving my vehicle!! neither my husband nor I am heavy people (less than 200lbs each); surely this vehicle was designed to withstand the weight of a 185lb individual. This is a huge safety issue - there are hundreds of posts of similar experiences on the official Pontiac website blog page. In addition, there are more similar seating posts found on various diy auto repair blogs online. I cannot afford $1000+ for the dealership to repair my car - or pay $850 for a junk yard replacement seat and track repair from a collision repair shop. Nor can I allow my teenager to drive this car in this type of condition. This should be repaired by Pontiac as part of yet another recall - it is a major safety issue. God forbid I am in a car accident - I will go flying out of my car because of this defect.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


While driving my vehicle my heated seats were on. However, I began to feel an unusual amount of heat and realized the seat had now started to burn. I immediately turned off the seat warmers. A saw a hole was now also burned through my jacket. When I called GM to set up an appointment for a different recall, I was asked to mention this issue to my dealer when I took my car to the dealership for recall. The dealer indicates this is on a different electrical circuit and not the same one being recalled and could therefore not assist me.of course, I can no longer use the seat heater as I am fearful of a full blown fire! can you assist me?

- Pipersville, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 192013

G6 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The driver side seat broke when I sat in it.the seat now leans to the right and rest against the center console. I had a GM dealership look at it and they said there is a broken weld on the right side and they would need to replace the seat frame at a cost of $1,000 (parts and labor). They said this is a safety issue and I should replace it to avoid possible injury in case of an accident. I don't think a seat weld should give way after 93,000 miles under normal operating conditions. I have been the primary drive of this vehicle and I'm considered in my weight range at 160 pounds.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 042014


  • 80,000 miles
The service airbag light comes on and so does the tire inflation warning at start up and stays on.. this use to be occasionally and then not come on the next time you started it...now it does it almost continually..also the seats electric height adjustment has broken free of the base on the floor...the weld has broken on the tube on the base of there car...I see so many other car owners with the same exact issues yet no one is addressing them or issuing a recall...theses issues should not be fixed at the owners expense when GM knows there is an issue and a seat in a car should never have welds fail this is a major safety issue..these seats would never hold up in a crash.

- West Haven, UT, USA

problem #5

Nov 052013

G6 4-cyl

  • 123,151 miles
My driver seat is loose on the right hand side. There is something broken, possibly the frame. I checked with other G6 owners, and they have filed complaints here for the same issue, so I wanted to add my vehicle as a complaint for this also.

- Bailey , CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 182014

G6 6-cyl

  • 77,844 miles


I went to go start my car to let it warm up and turned on the driver's and the passenger heated seats. I have used the driver's heated seat often. Ten to fifteen minutes later when I and my fiance went to leave and we opened the doors to my car we both smelled burnt plastic. The passenger side seat had burned a spot and there was a visible scorch mark on the seat. On Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 I called serra Chevrolet in jackson, tn and they referred me to call General Motors since my car was no longer under warranty. We then set up a time to have my car diagnosed in order to see if General Motors would do anything to assist. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 I took my car to serra Chevrolet to be diagnosed. At 5:00pm when I got off work and went to go get my car, serra Chevrolet informed me that General Motors would only pay roughly 10% and that the damage done and the cause of the malfunction was: "found high resistance in passenger heat element causing cushion and cover to burn". the malfunction with the seat also caused the airbag sensor in the seat to malfunction and now my service air bag light is on. Chrysler had this same issue and they recalled theirs. This is definitely a problem and should be recalled, someone could get hurt possibly even fatally. I do not feel that this, a malfunctioning heating element, is something that should be taken lightly and should be recalled.

- Lexington, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 202013

G6 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
In a parking space as the seat was being adjusted up using the power up/down button, the seat made a popping noise. Upon inspection I found the metal bar that attaches to the seat from the motor had split at the point where the metal ring is attached to the seat. Again the metal actually was fatigued enough to break when the seat was being adjusted. This seat is not adjusted often and I feel this to be a safety issue that should be addressed as I am not the only one to have this problem.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 022012


  • 29,304 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the driver's side front seat warmer failed to function when activated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the seat heater module, the heated seat element back and cushion needed to be replaced. The technician also stated that there was evidence of a small thermal event in the heating pad which caused it to fail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 29,304 and the current mileage was 38,650.

- Les Port , PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122012

G6 4-cyl

  • 78,958 miles
Drivers seat, electrical, adjustable (2 way) failed to adjust up/down and tension spring protruded into seat area. Removed seat to find weld broken at left rear adjustment bracket- broken/torn from steel seat support bar and bracket jammed against support bar. Tension spring attached to adjustment bracket could have caused grave injury if bracket not jammed against support bar assembly.

- Royse City, TX, USA

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