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Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads

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On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads

Look, when it comes to recalls, we will be the first to admit that some recalls are definitely worse than others. Occasionally there may be an issue with a faulty solder on one out of ten thousands spots on a particular model from a particular year, and yes, although annoying, it isn't altogether unexpected every now and then. As long as you are made aware of the problem (which we here at blog.autoshopper.com try to help with), you can hopefully have the issued fixed as soon as possible without any real issue.

Now, up until this week, Chevrolet had been doing fairly well in the public eye for no other reason than it hasn't really had any major recalls like some other big-name car companies. However, that was last week. This week Chevy has announced the recall of 4,296 Chevy Sonics made from June 2, 2011 through November 21, 2011 (all of which are designed 2012 models) because, "on some of these vehicles, the front brake inner or outer pad may be missing." 

Like we said, some recalls are just simply worse than others. Missing brake pads is a tough one to explain to your customers. GM is planning on notifying (and more than likely apologizing) on or around January 21, but quite honestly, that still doesn't feel fast enough.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Chevrolet / Sonic2012
Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Dec 22, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V599000
Component:Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Pads
Potential Number of Units Affected:4,296


General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from June 2, 2011, through November 21, 2011. On some of these vehicles, the front brake inner or outer pad may be missing.


A missing pad could result in reduced brake system performance, increasing the risk of a crash.


GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brakes for a missing inner or outer pad. If a brake pad is missing, dealers will install new inner and outer pads, a new brake caliper, and a new rotor. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before January 14, 2012.


GM’s safety recall campaign number is 11354. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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dwalter | 5:31PM (Mon, Jan 2, 2012)

Really, Chevy?!


Stephy21 | 9:09AM (Tue, Jan 3, 2012)

This is probably the worst recall ever how can you forget to put brake pads on a car? Chevy must be really embarrassed. Cause i know i sure would be.

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