General Motors - 2006 Chevy HHR Interior Door Handles

I have a 2006 Chevy HHR LS and the interior door handle broke off yesterday. To replace this I was informed that you have to spend $300+ to buy the whole door pannel.

This should be a recall as it is a fire/accident hazard. If my car was to catch on fire I would have trouble getting out, the same with accidents. Hopefully that never happens but this is a life threatening concern.

If this did happen I believe my family would be sueing GM. Please get this taken care of so that we do not have to worry about our safety.

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Aug 01, 2015 #1014653

@flippette. I don't think anyone is being dramatic. The part costs about $89, but someone has to take the inside of the door off to install it. There is a high cost for labor. You shouldn't insult people who expect their cars to be made to last a few years.

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Jeannette Gonzales

Aug 01, 2015 #1014651 San Antonio, Texas

We experienced the same exact problem while my daughter is away at school. Her inside door handle snapped off and she has to enter and exit on the passenger's side of her vehicle. This should have been recalled since it is a problem with so many of these vehicles

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Jul 07, 2015 #1004699

I have a 2009 HHR...I was totally shocked when the driver's door handle came off in my hand! I have owned many cars over 50 years of driving and had never heard of such a thing. Plastic, really on such an item.
I did call the G.M. customer relations and asked them to pay the $221 plus tax for the handle replacement. Basically I was told "too bad, the car is out of warranty" with light use and just over 57k mileage!
This is the first G.M. car that I have bought....and the last

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Mar 11, 2015 #957104 Concord, North Carolina

Someone is trying to scam you. You can just buy another handle. You can get a handle from the junk yard.
Chevys are notorious for their inside and outside handles breaking. I had two. Both had inside and outside handles just snap off.
Just buy another handle and quit being so dramatic.

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Mar 06, 2015 #954765 West Springfield, Virginia

Maybe it would be a good thing for it to catch fire.... then you can go buy a car with quality interior construction. I a sorry... not bashing just your car but GM in general. The only vehicle I would consider from GM is. Truck or a 2015 Corvette.
I found that handle for $24.99 on eBay. It takes like 2 minutes to install it.
Good luck. Maybe you should consider a Ford Escape, Focus, Fusion or any number of Asian cars. The Accord Sport is the best sedan value in America, period. I have a 2012 Optima EX. It was purchased new in late 2011 and after 38K only the latch to the center console is partially broken. It will be fixed free under warranty. 2 bolts secure the latch, and one backed out, from over use to be honest. I am constantly opening and closing it. I STILL GET COMPLIMENTS ON IT! Also, it gets 24mpg avg and 34 on the highway. These are my accurate numbers in the real world.

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Sep 21, 2014 #873375 Redford, Michigan

God forbid but if I would experience an emergency which necessitates speedy exit...I could die {time to safely exit impaired due to faulty craftsmanship. ..

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May 12, 2014 #814266 Joplin, Missouri

You can by just the handle for about 25 dollars and it took me about 30 minutes to replace. I'm not a mechanic.

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May 09, 2014 #813449 Richardson, Texas

I have a 2007 HHR LT.Passenger door handle broke off. Know problem went to the site of GM PARTS ONLINE and Got just the door handle kit for like $60.00.Had my friend replace the door handle and No more problem.The door handle is plastic and With wear and Tear this door handle will brake off.I mean i am not going to cry about $60.00 and I have been driving this vehicle for 7 years without a problem at all.When i carried my vehicle to Chevrolet these people wanted me to purchase the entire door panel,Are they serious,I do not need the entire door panel this is why i went to the GM Parts online site and Purchased the door handle kit only.

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Jun 11, 2013 #663412

i have a 2010 hhr and the drivers door handle snapped on me when i was getting out of it. i have taken extra care for this not to even happen since i have read about this problem since i bought the car. i took off the door panel and took off pushed up the plastic holding pin and the broken piece of the handle. why cant thtey just sell the *** handle part that break or make a metal replacement we can just replace that piece and the plastic holding pin changed to a metal one. i have a machinist friend that i am gonna try and see if his company can remanufacture these outta metal and then i can market them lol

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Jan 25, 2013 #598753 Brea, California

Apparently this is a bigger problem than the dealership was willing to admit when they quoted me almost $200 to replace my door handle. In my opinion, this is an engineering flaw. I work in the plastics business and the thinist part of the piece is taking all the pressure and it is alot of pressure. I cannot budge it with my bare hands. I am calling Chevy, this problem should be resolved at no expense. Everyone should do the same.

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Feb 05, 2013 #604194

Hi, I'm the orginal poster I did Call Chevy and they wanted me to take the car to the dealership for a diagnostic and I will have to pay the fee. I called my dealership and they said that they would look at it for free since it is such a minor part! Chris at Chevy called me back this week and said that they would pay 50% of the cost to get the part fixed. So call Chevy and let them know if you have a door that they handle has been broke off on. The more of us that call maybe they will get a recall for this! The number that I call is 1-866-790-5600. I don't have my hhr any longer as i totaled it but do think that this should have been a recall.

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Jun 24, 2014 #831230

Chevy shd pay 100%. I've had some pretty old model cars and I have never had an interior door handle break off in my hand like this one did in my 2006 HHR. Why would you make a part like that out of plastic???

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Jeff Delecce

Nov 20, 2012 #571622

my 2007 HHR door handel broke back in June had to buy a new door the other door handel broke, but now make a door handel I called customer care at CHEVROLET and opened a case/claim to be refunded the total amount I out.....

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D Walker

Aug 26, 2012 #534007

It's pretty sad, these car companies use cheap parts. That don't last the life of the truck/car. A person go out there and spend 18 to 50 grand for a car/truck. You almost have to junk it after 10 years of use. It would have felling apart on you by then.

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Karen Pilcher

Aug 10, 2012 #526960

Why can we not buy just a door handle for my 2006 HHR. There is nothing wrong with the door but the door handle. It's wrong of you to make us pay for something we don't need just to get a door handle. There should be a recall on this and an a metal one put in or something sterdier put in place of it. I to will sue if something happens and I or my family are hurt from it. Something needs to be done. Do a racall before something happens. 300.00 to 500.00 is pretty steap for door handle knowing we don't have that kinda money.

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Jan 31, 2012 #419844

I have to do the same thing pbj does. Roll down the window to get out. It's pretty embarrassing since my equinox has been taken care of. It's been like that for 2 years now because I don't feel I should have to pay over $300 for a tiny plastic pieces. I have JB welded it a few times and only works for a little bit then breaks again.

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Nov 14, 2011 #374127

Having the same problem with my 2007 HHR
the piece of plastic is so cheap they had to know that this would be a problem and they can't understand why people don't buy American made. GM should step up to the plate and do the right thing.

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Sep 10, 2011 #342175

My front driver's side handle just broke off and it is ridiculous that I would have to pay $411 for a whole door panel trim to replace a cheap plastic handle do that I can get out of my car. It is definitely a safety issue and there seems to be many people with this same issue. GM needs to step up and issue a recall to replace these substandard parts. Or at the very least pay to have the ones replaced that have broken.

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Sep 04, 2011 #339388 Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand

Got the same problem on my 06 and Chevy is no help...Never Again...FORD is the WORD...

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Jul 19, 2011 #314759

Santini exactly how do you mistreat a door handle--by using to open the door? This happened to our 2007 HHR because it is a defect. Not only is it a defect, but an obvious safety hazard. I don't know about you, but I'd like to be able to get out of a car in hurry if I need to.

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