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Missing Brake Pads Prompt GM To Recall 2012 Chevy Sonic Models

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If you’re one of the early buyers (or renters) of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and planning to head over a mountain pass for the holiday weekend, you might just want to get a quick brake inspection.

GM is recalling 4,296 U.S.-market Chevy Sonic models—all assembled at the automaker’s Orion Township, Michigan plant, for a possible assembly issue that leaves the subcompact lacking either an inner or outer front disc brake pad.

According to General Motors, a rental Chevrolet Sonic was brought into a dealership in late November for brake noise, and found to be missing a pad during warranty service. While this sounds hard to believe, given that vehicles receive test-drives after assembly, those who brake lightly might not notice that anything is wrong right away. The issue would cause much longer stopping distances during emergency braking or harder brake application, however.

Through the effort, dealerships will inspect the front brakes (the Sonic had drum brakes in back), installing pads as necessary and installing a new caliper and rotor if a pad had been missing. GM is sending out notification letters for the recall beginning January 14, and the effort affects vehicles that were manufactured from June 2 through November 21, 2011.

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  1. Where was Orion's Quality control people? These people have one job to do with assembly and make far more money than they are worth. Next year, they will be striking GM for more money, jerks!
     
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  2. This has to take the care of one of the most outrageous recalls!!
     
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  3. Sounds like the UAW is up to its same old tricks of sabotage when it comes to production of small vehicles in the USA. These people bolting those cars together do not seem to understand that the very survival of GM is at stake with their lousy quality work.
     
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  4. And this is what we get for bailing them out!!
     
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