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Ignition Switch Problems of Chevrolet HHR - part 1



Chevrolet HHR owners have reported 85 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 1
Failure Date: 10/04/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that while driving approximately 7 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond as the vehicle jerked forward and stalled with out warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 169,350. Ss.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 2
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

To whom it may concern, the key got stuck in the ignition in April (with no other problems) drained the battery and was picked up and taken to smicklas Chevrolet dealership in okc, and remained there on the lot until we picked up on 8/8/14 was told we needed a new battery they could do for around $200 but it was not payday yet and we asked for a jump when we got there. I feel with it sitting there so long maybe they should have try to charge the battery at the very least. We got a few miles down the expressway and had to pull over so we didn't get in a wreck or cause one due to a ton of smoke coming out the vents and a terrible electrical smell like it was on fire! turned off the a/c and pulled over to check under the hood to make sure there wasn't a fire, not one we could see but it sure smelled like it!! called ray at smicklas right there on the side of the road, only to be told it sounded like the blower motor on the air conditioner and that happens sometimes when cars sit for that long. Feeling helpless, we finally get home to check things out and find the passenger floor board full of water, unable to set the time on the radio and some buttons won't work or the cd player and the new remote start will not work. We get it to our mechanic that replaces the battery and told us that the old one was very hot!! and that the blower motor was not the problem, it didn't even have power to it, it was an electrical problem to do with the ignition switch that there was a recall on. . . . I laughed and told him we just had that done! he said that they may have wired something wrong, or the switch was bad. And to the end the day, when stopping for dinner on the way home the key stuck in the new ignition switch and I had to shift from park and drive a couple times to get the key out. What do I need to do to get this resolved??? thank you for your time,.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

For the past couple months the power steering has locked up while driving if I shut my car off and turn it back on it will go back to normal, but never know when it will kick out again, the electric is cutting in and out, the lock on drivers side wont work when using key which happens periodically especially when it rains, my automatic start stopped working including my key-less entry will not unlock my doors or lock my doors even though I have changed the battery. I work for the youth service bureau/children's bureau of state of indiana as a case manager so often I have to transport clients to destinations, doctors, food pantry etc. I cannot take the chance of being in a wreck with clients, which has all most happened when I took a curve while by myself luckily. When I contacted the chevy dealer about recalls he stated there was only an ignition switch recall, which I beg to differ I have been on numerous websites where many other Hhr owners are complaining about the same thing I am complaining about, I asked the chevy dealers maintenance guy if I could get a rental while waiting for it to be fixed because of my job, he stated that he had to order the part and then he would call me when it arrived for me to bring my car in and it would take only an hour to two hours to fix, so while we are still waiting now for two weeks I am putting my clients and their children in jeopardy over an issue I am not at fault for, I personally feel that chevy should cover the cost of a rental car until all issue are taken care of properly. This was my first time owning a chevy, and after what the maintenance man said about not letting me have a rental even though I work for county and state organizations I was very disappointed in chevy I am in the process of looking for a new car and not sure if I will purchase another chevy after this!.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet HHR 4
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

Tl * the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact was driving at an unknown speed when the steering wheel seized and the vehicle crashed into a truck. The contact sustained minor injuries to the legs, neck, and back. One of the passengers sustained injuries to the lower back and hands. The other passenger sustained injuries to the lower back and thighs. Medical attention was received and a police report was filed. After the crash, the contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v153000 (steering) and 14e021000 (electrical system: ignition switch); however, the parts were unavailable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet HHR 5
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that she received NHTSA campaign number: 14e021000 (ignition switch). The contact stated that after the vehicle was serviced for the recall, the vehicle engine stalled when stopping for traffic lights. The contact also mentioned that all of the warning lights, including the "disabled air bag" warning light, illuminated prior to the engine stalling. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was undetermined. In addition, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they diagnosed that the security feature chip needed to be replaced which was the cause of all the security lights illuminating. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet HHR 6
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

No accident has occurred; I would like to know why it takes so long to remedy the recall(s) on my vehicle; the first notice was received dated April 2014 from gm regarding the ignition switch. The next recall letter was received on may 11, 2014 and I immediately called my local gm (cecil clarke Chevrolet) in leesburg, florida to be put on the 'list' for the required parts/replacements. On June 17th, I called cecil clark again and was advised that although they were receiving 4 - 5 replacement kits a day, mine had not come in yet. Now I have a safety recall for June reference the eps and that parts are not currently available. I have done what I need to do, I drive only when I have to now, and although I follow the safety rules reference removing all items from the ignition key, I do not feel safe while driving anymore. Please can you find out why it takes so long to get parts for a very safety related issue. I thank you in advance.


car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet HHR 7
Failure Date: 07/06/2014

I was backing up out of a parking stall the power steering suddenly stopped working , that is on recall along with the ignition switch we called may 20 2014 no parts for the ignition switch still no parts for that now another recall this time electrical power steering . . . . . Sunday july6 2014 at 11:30 am power steering suddenly went out call gm road side assistance got a tow to h&h chevy omaha ne . Then first thing Monday morning went in and got a loaner car. The service guy stated that gm does't no how to fix the power steering problem nor do they have anyone to fix it and no part to fix it with so it could be a month or longer we have to drive a chevy cruze which for someone with a very bad back and arthritis in knees and back bad car not comfortable. I think gm needs to just scrap all these cars and buy them back from the ppl and pay off there loans. I am looking into buying a different brand of car. One the corporation will communicate better then gm is now the company of we wont say a word til you get hurt. Dealerships telling owners to just drive your cars but becareful til they do get the part in.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 8
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

2006 Chevrolet Hhr. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall issues. The consumer stated the vehicle sometimes shut off, when a bump was hit in the road. That was about 3-4 years ago. The consumer was informed the parts were not available, to remedy the recall.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 9
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14v355000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that the recall repair would not have caused the type of failure the contact was experiencing. The vehicle was not repaired again and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 73,189. Updated 08/19/lj.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14v1710000 (electrical system). While driving approximately 45 mph, the ignition switch seized and the vehicle shut off completely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but no repairs were made. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.


 
car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet HHR 11
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed to lock whenever the key was removed from the ignition switch. The contact mentioned that the vehicle had recently been repaired under recall NHTSA campaign id number 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who indicated that the vehicle was working up to specifications and explained to the contact that what was perceived as the failure was actually a new safety feature. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 124,636.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet HHR 12
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

Turned the key and started my car and then I couldn't turn it off. I could take the key out but the vehicle would not shut off as the ignition switch appears to be stuck in the on position. Took it to gm dealer in salinas to ask about it but said could not assist me till Wednesday, granted it was Saturday so okay, but could not help me shut off the vehicle. Said it most likely would not be associated with the recall though it seems related.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 13
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact received NHTSA recall campaign number 14e021000 (ignition switch). The dealer stated that the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the part delay. There were no failures.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 14
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 14e021000 (ignition switch). The dealer was unable to provide the part needed to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. There were no failures.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 15
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns 2008 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14e021000 (ignition switch). The dealer stated that the part was not available for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of delay. There were no failures at this time.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 16
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2006 Chevrolet Hhr. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall and power steering and other vehicle problems. The consumer stated two days after getting the vehicle back from the dealer, the vehicle had to be flat-bedded back to the dealer, because it wouldn't start. It was determined the ignition switch needed to be replaced. Also, the right passenger outside mirror fell off, the right passenger wiper arm broke, the rotors were replaced twice in two years, and the rear shocks were replaced.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 17
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2006 Chevrolet Hhr. Consumer writes in regards to waiting for parts to complete ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated she has been waiting over a month.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 18
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14e021000 (aftermarket replacement ignition switches) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet HHR 19
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2008 Chevrolet Hhr. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated prior to the recall, he was having trouble starting the vehicle, and the key would not go all the way in the ignition. The consumer it has been two months, since he received the recall notice, and nothing has been done.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 20
Failure Date: 05/25/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled intermittently several times. The lights illuminated on the instrument panel for various sensors. The contact was able to restart the vehicle in some instances and also had to tow the vehicle more than once due to the intermittent failure. The contact indicated that the vehicle went over the train tracks and the vehicle stalled. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14v047000 (air bags and electrical system), 14v171000 (electrical system) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact was continuing to experience the intermittent failure with the ignition switch, instrument panel sensors and the gages intermittently did not work. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Dyd.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet HHR 21
Failure Date: 05/16/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14e021000 (aftermarket replacement ignition switches). The contact received the recall repair and the failure recurred. The authorized dealer provided a new key and the contact attempted to park the vehicle and was not able to remove the key from the ignition. The authorized dealer diagnosed that the automatic transmission control shifter was binding and needed to be replaced. The contact indicated that there was no problem with the ignition before the recall and the contact was informed that this repair was required after the recall repair was performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 22
Failure Date: 05/16/2014

I had the ignition changes as of a recall. The electrical started to act up after that, the cruse control will kick off, the doors will lock and unlock, the alarm will go off even if you unlock it with the key, the remote control stopped working, the radio stopped working & then started again, and the drivers door will show locked, but doesn't. This seems to all be controlled by the ignition switch. Its to the point I am afraid to drive it because it may leave me stranded or stop working in traffic. But the company says that it has nothing to do with the ignition.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR 23
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

2006 Chevrolet Hhr. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch and lock cylinder issues. The consumer was informed the parts were not available, to rectify the recall.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2011 Chevrolet HHR 24
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Hhr. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the key failed to relesae from the ignition switch. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags , electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated the parts were unavailable to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet HHR 25
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

The recall I have had so far was with the ignition switch and that took the dealership over one month to repair. After my car was repaired and apparently rekeyed I am locked out of my car, the key will not unlock my car door. I called the gm roadside assistance, with hopes of assistance. They inform me they will be a $59. 95 fee to unlock my car and they accept all major credit cards. I explained to them this was not my error it as a result of the ignition recall they stood firm of their fee and suggested I call the local authorities. When I contacted gm about the recall I had shared with them I was having power steering issues. While I am driving my car my power steering goes out and it becomes hard to steer as well the is a display on the dashboard "power steering". On several occasions on the street, freeway and while turning into a parking space. I then became aware of a recall on Hhr power steering, however they say it not with my vehicle. Later I read an article stating that jeff boyer was offering a lifetime warranty on the vehicles that have not been recalled. Gm also said 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet Hhrs from the 2006-2008 model years model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor. So then when I call the 800 number to find out how I may have this power steering issue addressed with my district advisor he shares with me there has been no statement made that he is aware of I feel unsafe driving in this vehicle and with the round around and non assistance I am getting from gm I am not sure I ever will. Best regards, burgett mcbride.

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