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CHEVROLET HHR - 2006 CHEVROLET HHR Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 818 complaints filed for the 2006 CHEVROLET HHR

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2006 CHEVROLET HHR, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

5/22/2011 - MALVERNE, NY
DRIVING NORMAL ON HIGHWAY HIT A SMALL BUMP 2006 CHEVY HHR STALLED, SECOND TIME THIS HAPPENED FIRST TIME NO BUMP OCCURRED BUT CAR STALLED, IN BOTH CASES WAS ABLE TO RESTART CAR BY PUTTING IT IN NEUTRAL AND TURNING THE KEY.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

5/17/2011 - SAN DIEGO, CA
INSIDE DOOR HANDLE ON MY 2006 CHEVROLET HHR BROKE OFF WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR. THIS CREATES A SAFETY ISSUE FOR THE DRIVER AS THE DOOR CANNOT BE OPENED FROM THE INSIDE WITHOUT LOWERING THE LEFT FRONT WINDOW AND OPENING WITH THE OUTSIDE HANDLE. IF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS DAMAGED THEN THE WINDOW WILL NOT OPEN. THE DRIVER WOULD THEN NEED TO CRAWL OVER THE CENTER CONSOLE TO THE RIGHT DOOR OR THE FRONT SEAT TO EXIT THE CARS REAR DOOR. IN A COLLISION OR FIRE THE DRIVER MAY BE INJURED, PANICKED OR CONFUSED AND NOT BE ABLE TO EXIT THE VEHICLE. THE PLASTIC HANDLE SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH A MORE SUBSTANTIAL METAL ONE.

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STRUCTURE: BODY: DOOR

5/17/2011 - SAN DIEGO, CA
INSIDE DOOR HANDLE ON MY 2006 CHEVROLET HHR BROKE OFF WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR. THIS CREATES A SAFETY ISSUE FOR THE DRIVER AS THE DOOR CANNOT BE OPENED FROM THE INSIDE WITHOUT LOWERING THE LEFT FRONT WINDOW AND OPENING WITH THE OUTSIDE HANDLE. IF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS DAMAGED THEN THE WINDOW WILL NOT OPEN. THE DRIVER WOULD THEN NEED TO CRAWL OVER THE CENTER CONSOLE TO THE RIGHT DOOR OR THE FRONT SEAT TO EXIT THE CARS REAR DOOR. IN A COLLISION OR FIRE THE DRIVER MAY BE INJURED, PANICKED OR CONFUSED AND NOT BE ABLE TO EXIT THE VEHICLE. THE PLASTIC HANDLE SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH A MORE SUBSTANTIAL METAL ONE.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES: DOORS: LATCH

5/16/2011 - NATCHEZ, MS
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO OPEN THE DRIVERS DOOR THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE DETACHED FROM THE DOOR PANEL. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE DEALER INSPECTED THE VEHICLE, AND STATED THAT THE DOOR HANDLE, AND THE DOOR PANEL NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 30,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 64,000.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

5/11/2011 - CORONA, CA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR HANDLE FRACTURED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO STATED THAT THE ENTIRE DRIVER SIDE DOOR PANEL NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 63,000.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES: DOORS: LATCH

5/9/2011 - LAKE WORTH, FL
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. THE CONTACT STATED THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE COMPLETELY FRACTURED AND SHE COULD NOT EXIT THE VEHICLE. AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WAS NOTIFIED AND THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE ENTIRE DOOR PANEL WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS THEN NOTIFIED AND THE CONTACT WAS ADVISED TO TAKE THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE 60,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: WIRING

4/29/2011 - LARGO, FL
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH THE POWER STEERING LOCKED UP AND THE BRAKE PEDAL BECAME STIFF. THE CONTACT STATED THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHAKE VIGOROUSLY AND THE ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASHBOARD. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE THE TECHNICIANS STATED THE ENGINE COMPONENT WIRES NEEDED TO BE RE-ADJUSTED BECAUSE THEY WERE LOOSE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 67,000. UPDATED 05/25/11

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

4/29/2011 - LARGO, FL
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2006 CHEVROLET HHR. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH THE POWER STEERING LOCKED UP AND THE BRAKE PEDAL BECAME STIFF. THE CONTACT STATED THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHAKE VIGOROUSLY AND THE ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASHBOARD. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE THE TECHNICIANS STATED THE ENGINE COMPONENT WIRES NEEDED TO BE RE-ADJUSTED BECAUSE THEY WERE LOOSE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 67,000. UPDATED 05/25/11

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

4/27/2011 - WAUKESHA, WI
DRIVER SIDE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE BROKE OFF, WIFE STUCK IN CAR UNTIL I OPENED IT FROM THE OUTSIDE, HANDLE IS CHEAP FLIMSY PLASTIC, BROKE AT HINGE. DEALER WANTS $500.00 FOR ENTIRE DOOR PANEL REPLACEMENT. SAFETY ISSUE IF THIS HAPPENS AGAIN DURING ACCIDENT, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE ELECTRIC WINDOWS, WHAT IF THERE IS A FIRE AND THE BATTERY IS DAMAGED. THE CENTER CONSOLE IS TALL, IT'S A SMALL CAR, IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR MOST PEOPLE TO CLIMB OVER IT. YOU WOULD BE TRAPPED INSIDE. OF ALL THINGS, THE DOOR HANDLE SHOULD BE SOLID METAL, IMAGINE IF YOU WENT TO OPEN AN EMERGENCY EXIT IN A BUILDING AND CHEAP PLASTIC BROKE OFF IN YOUR HAND! THIS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN BUILDINGS, WHY IS IT TOLERATED IN CARS? THERE ARE MANY IDENTICAL INCIDENCES ON THE INTERNET. CHECK OUT : HTTP://GENERAL-MOTORS.PISSEDCONSUMER.COM/06-CHEVY-HHR-FRONT-INTERIOR-DOOR-HANDLE-20081228143435/1.HTML CLEARLY THIS IS A WIDE SPREAD PROBLEM, AND GM IS NOT DOING ANYTHING BUT TRYING TO RIP US OF WITH $500.00 FOR ANOTHER PIECE OF PLASTIC.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

4/14/2011 - HOUSTON, TX
THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLES ON THE 2006 CHEVROLET HHR FELL OFF. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX IT IS TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE DOOR PANEL JUST FOR THE CHEAP PLASTIC HANDLE FOR APPROXIMATELY $500.00. IF I WAS IN AN ACCIDENT AND THE CAR WOULD NOT START AGAIN, I COULD NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR THROUGH THE DRIVER'S SIDE BECAUSE I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW TO OPEN THE DOOR FROM THE OUTSIDE. OR IF THE CAR WERE ON FIRE, I SIMPLY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ESCAPE. THIS NEEDS TO BE A RECALL ITEM AS THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY FACTOR. A BIGGER SAFETY FACTOR THAT THE LATCH ON THE POP UP MIDDLE CONSOLE ON THE CHEVY HHR THAT WAS RECALLED BACK IN 2008 (I THINK). THERE ARE BLOGS ALL OVER THE INTERNET OF PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM. I AM A SINGLE WORKING GIRL WHO SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD A $500 INTERIOR DOOR PANEL REPLACEMENT FOR A CHEAP PLASTIC HANDLE BECAUSE THIS IS NOT REASONABLE. I TRIED TO GET CHEVY TO REPLACE IT AND THEY SIMPLY SAID THEY WOULD GIVE ME A $40 DISCOUNT. THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!! I BOUGHT THE CAR BE CAUSE IT WAS ECONOMICAL AND NOT ONE THING ABOUT THIS REPLACEMENT SOUNDS ECONOMICAL. THIS IS A SAFETY HAZARD AND COULD LEAD TO A DEATH.

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