GM recalls 4,873 Sonic cars in U.S. and Canada

DETROIT Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:47am EST

The Chevrolet 2012 Chevrolet Sonic five-door hatchback is shown during press preview days of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 10, 2011.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

The Chevrolet 2012 Chevrolet Sonic five-door hatchback is shown during press preview days of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 10, 2011.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling 4,873 of its current year Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars in the United States and Canada for possible missing front brake pads, the company and federal safety regulators said on Friday.

GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries due to the issue. GM said it is recalling the cars to see if inner or outer front brake pads are missing.

GM said that its research shows that between 20 and 30 of the recalled cars were sold without one of its brake pads. Of the total recalled, 4,296 were sold to U.S. customers and 577 to Canadian customers, GM said.

The issue was discovered during warranty service on a rental Sonic, GM said.

Customers will be informed of the recall by mid-January, GM said. If technicians at GM dealerships find that a brake pad is missing in a Sonic, they will, if needed, install new inner and outer pads. If needed, brake calipers and brake rotors will also be replaced, at no cost to customers.

GM just started selling the Sonic several months ago. Through November, it sold about 10,000 Sonics in the U.S. market, and nearly half that total in November.

The Sonic is made at GM's plant in Orion Township, Michigan. GM and the United Auto Workers union agreed to allow up to 40 percent of the production workers at the plant to be paid less than veteran UAW workers. The agreement was necessary to keep the Sonic from being produced outside the United States, the UAW and GM have said.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

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cinalray wrote:
How can something like this happened. This should not be tolerated! GM should fire the one responsible for this screw up.

Dec 30, 2011 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
mlmeyer1949 wrote:
My nephew and his wife got a sonic for Christmas. I am terrified for them and their two young children. Brakes that are missing pads are major distressing and dangerous. Shame on you GM.

Dec 30, 2011 8:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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