Stop Right There: Missing Brake Pads Force 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Recall

By Joel Arellano | December 30, 2011
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, as well as the upcoming Chevrolet Spark, are General Motors' latest entries in the burgeoning compact/subcompact market here in the states. But although sales of the Sonic have just barely begun, GM has announced a recall on the Chevy Sonic due to possible brake issues. According to the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 30 to 40 Chevy Sonic compact cars may be missing their inner and outer front brake pads. GM, which plans to start notifying Sonic owners next month of the issue, states its dealerships will examine the brakes, install any missing pads as well new brake caliper and rotor for free. Owners may contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 and reference campaign number 11354 or contact the NHTSA hotline at (888) 327-4236 [TTY (800) 424-9153]. The NHTSA campaign number is 11V599000. The recall affects nearly 4,300 Sonic cars in the U.S. while over 570 up in Canada. GM states it has sold approximately 10,000 Sonic vehicles since the compact first went on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter this year. The automaker stresses the brake pad issue was discovered during a service check on a Sonic; both GM and the NHTSA are not aware of any accidents resulting from the missing parts. Source: NHTSA, msnbc