2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact model recalled for missing brake pads

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

General Motors has announced a recall for 4,296 units of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact model to check for missing brake pads. According to GM’s statement, the stopping distance may extend if this part is missing, possibly leading to a crash. This subcompact car replaces the Chevy Aveo, which is produced in South Korea.

The 2012 Sonic started selling this fall. GM said that the company hasn’t received reports of the missing pads resulting to any injuries or crashes. The missing pads were only noticed when a rental Sonic was brought in for warranty service.

GM spokesman Alan Adler said that the brake pads, which are included in a subassembly of parts, became detached before the cars were built. No one knew that they were missing as they were delivered to the Orion Township, Mich. plant. He explained that this problem can be repaired by placing a clip on the shipping containers. The brake assembly for the Sonic is supplied by Delphi Automotive's subsidiary in South Korea.

The company will begin to send letters to owners of the 2012 Sonic on Jan. 14. GM believes that “very few cars" have the problem. In a statement, GM said that dealerships will check if the front brakes have inner or outer pads that are missing. If the dealership discovers that the pad is not there, it will put in a new one. It may even install a new brake caliber or rotor.

GM emphasized that the owners won’t be paying any costs for the repair. The Sonic is remarkable as it is the only subcompact car produced in the U.S. GM’s Michigan plant has entered a plant-specific contract with the local union at the Orion Township facility, allowing the shift to be moved to Michigan.

The exterior of the new Chevrolet Sonic is designed to exude not only stability and strength, but also refinement. Its raked body lines convey motion even at rest while its wide and low stance and wheels-at-the-corners measurements hint at its powerful performance.

Its exterior is marked by Chevrolet’s global design cues like the dual-element grille and round taillamps as well as motorcycle-inspired round headlamps and fender flares. It also features side mirrors shaped like the car and that seemingly vanish into the profile. On the other hand, the leading edge of the Sonic’s hood creates a character line just above the headlamps.

This character line flows into the vehicle’s side profile that is marked by uninterrupted body side lines, a high beltline and low roofline. To distinguish the Sonic sedan from its five-door siblings, certain characteristic elements were made. For instance, the "notchback" profile features a more upscale and mature presence while the five-door Sonic comes with a two-box shape marked by aggressive diving feature lines.

Since the rear door handles of the five-door Sonic are inconspicuously placed in the "C"-pillar area, the vehicle appears like a three-door hatch. Furthermore, the rear end of the five-door Sonic features an array of unconventional details like its exposed, motorcycle-inspired taillamps.

All Sonic models features chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts. In addition, the new Chevrolet Sonic rides in any of available large wheels, including 17-inch alloy wheels.

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