General Motors (GM) is recalling 4,296 units of its newly launched 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to check for missing brake pads.
The cars involved might be missing an inner or outer front brake pad that can make stopping the vehicles tougher, increasing the risk of collision.
The affected vehicles, manufactured between June 2 and Nov. 21, 2011, are from the Orion Township, Michigan assembly plant and were sold across United States and Canada.
David Sullivan, an automotive product analyst with AutoPacific Group stated that it's totally unacceptable for something like this to escape an assembly plant these days.
“GM has a lot to prove with the Sonic, with trying to shake the stigma of the less-than-stellar Aveo. A recall for missing brake pads doesn't help."
"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." GM said in a statement
Problem detected during warranty service
The problem was discovered during a regular warranty service when a customer brought a 2012 Sonic into a dealership and complained about noises coming from the brakes.
According to the automaker, the missing break pads "is expected to exist in very few cars," and there have been no reported accidents or injuries.
Chevrolet intends to inform affected owners through mailed notifications to bring their vehicles for inspection.
Authorized dealers will inspect both of the front brakes and add or replace any components that are missing or damaged.
"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," GM said in a statement.
Customers will get dealer letters starting Jan. 14, 2012 and the safety recall will begin before Jan. 24, 2012.
While the list of affected vehicles is being made by the automakers, owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 with queries or visit www.safercar.gov.