General Motors is recalling almost 4300 2012 Sonic sedan and hatchback models for potentially missing front brake pads.
The Problem: Dealers discovered that some 2012 Sonics were missing either a front inner or front outer brake pad. If one or both of the front brake pads are missing, the brake system will not only make noise, but braking effort is obviously reduced by a considerable margin. It goes without saying decreased braking performance could potentially lead to a crash, although no reports of injuries or accidents are attributed to this recall.
The Fix: Dealers will inspecting both of the front brakes and add or replace any components that were missing or damaged, including pads, rotors, and calipers. The service is free and is covered under the car’s existing manufacturer’s warranty. Chevrolet will send letters to Sonic owners on January 14, 2012, and the recall will begin before January 24, 2012, but owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 with any more questions.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Documentation submitted to NHTSA provides no estimate as to the number of vehicles that could exhibit this problem, but GM does say it will repair any and all vehicles exhibiting this condition. As a result, this recall touches all 4296 2012 Sonics made between June 2, 2011, and November 21, 2011, and both 4- and 5-door versions.