Automaker General Motors (GM) has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 4,296 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Vehicles reaching in the United States and 577 in Canada. The recall is due to brake pads missing from some of the vehicles, putting drivers at a greater risk of an accident due to decreased brake performance.
The problem is believed to have stemmed from brake pads falling off vehicles before they were assembled and during shipment to one of GM’s assembly plants. Affected vehicles could be missing the inner or outer front pad. GM believes that pads are missing in 20 to 30 of the total recalled vehicles, but is recalling the entire line to ensure all vehicles with missing brake pads are taken care of.
According to the NHTSA, the affected vehicles are 2012 Chevrolet Sonics manufactured from June 2, 2011 through November 21, 2011. GM will be notifying owners and is expected to begin the recall this month, when dealers will inspect the front brakes for missing pads and install new pads, a new brake caliper, and a new rotor free of charge.
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