44,688 Chevrolet Sonic Models Recalled for Washer Fluid Tube Connection

More than 40,000 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models are being recalled for a windshield washer fluid hose that could become disconnected from the reservoir, effectively disabling the windshield washer function. This could affect forward visibility and driver and passenger safety.

The Problem: Some 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models manufactured in late 2011 and early 2012 fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 104, ‘Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems’ which requires functional wiper fluid nozzles to help clear the windshield of dirt and grime to improve forward visibility.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and repair and secure the hose connection at no charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin around September 7, 2012. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 866-694-6546, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Number of Vehicles Affected: 44,688 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models manufactured from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. The recall did not specify whether the recall affected sedan or hatchback models, or both.

Source: NHTSA