We report on a lot of recalls, and most are seemingly innocuous defects that require the solar system to perfectly align before anything catastrophic could happen. Then there are recalls like this one for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic that appear to be much more dangerous than they probably are.

It turns out that Chevrolet let a few Sonics built between June 2 and November 21 leave its factory in Orion Township, Michigan minus a brake pad. General Motors claims that of the 4,873 Sonics built during that time, some 20 to 30 may be missing either an inner or outer front brake pad. The company says 4,296 of the potentially shoe-less Sonics were sent to the U.S., while 577 migrated north to Canadian customers.

A car minus just one inner or outer brake pad doesn't lose its ability to stop, but its braking performance will suffer and there is the possibility that other elements of the braking system, like the caliper or rotor, could be damaged as a result of their omission.

GM vows to notify all potentially affected Sonic owners and install any missing pads and, if necessary, replace any calipers or rotors free of charge.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / SONIC 2012


Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr's Report Date: DEC 22, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V599000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,296

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2011. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES, THE FRONT BRAKE INNER OR OUTER PAD MAY BE MISSING.

Consequence:
A MISSING PAD COULD RESULT IN REDUCED BRAKE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT BRAKES FOR A MISSING INNER OR OUTER PAD. 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. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 14, 2012

Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11354. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      GoFaster58
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bet somebody lost a job. The inspector too.
      akseserizdotcom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look Ma no hands.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Serious oversight.Thankfully no was injured or killed.
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could the break piston hit the rotor?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryan
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      bootsnchaps60
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "new" GM, same as the old GM it seems. We bailed out a company that makes three versions of the same truck, a couple of overpriced sports type cars, and rebadged passenger cars developed in Germany and Korea.
      L14t
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I wonder how many down votes I'll get by saying this. All the GM haters come out to say negative statements about General Motors since some bad news came out. But Toyota and ford still had more recalls.
        Found Freedom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @L14t
        Sorry, you cant defuse this recall by looking at others.... Nobody Sweats the Details Like GM... BS!!!!! A quick count of brake pad inventory.... duh.. like an odd number... would quickly tell you somethings missing and wrong... since JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!
          vlady1000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Found Freedom
          If you left 1 pad off 2 cars, it would be an even number again. I doubt they would take an inventory after every car
          Talisman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Found Freedom
          There isn't a brake pad inventory at GM for this. That would come from the supplier who installed them making it not GM's fault the issue occurred initially. It is there responsibility to make sure it doesn't reach the customer like that though.
        dknowles60
        • 3 Years Ago
        @L14t
        toyota ann ford have never had a recall for missing brake pads. if a car can leave a factory with missing brake pads then you are a sorry car co
          L14t
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dknowles60
          Three brake pads are better than no working ones and increasing speed
      jimjits
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cars must have been made by democrats
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimjits
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        S.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimjits
        I don't know why, but this comment made me bust up laughing.
        taylorman710
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimjits
        You are 99% correct. The GOP creates jobs....OVER SEAS.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimjits
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy runs deep [sh*t] Missing brake pads on new cars that passed all inspection from assembly line to dealership. This falls under the WHAT THE FAIL category. I don't think I'll ever purchase a GM vehicle, thought about a CTS Wagon but you know what, UAW can't put together a 10 piece puzzle without missing a piece somewhere.
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        Tom Slater
        • 3 Years Ago
        You. Are. Awesome. Thanks for the education + social commentary.
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        dc walker
        • 3 Years Ago
        Italy, Germany, Japan, GM, Ford etc now make cars in Mexico. Ford also has a huge plant outside of Toronto. HYundai and Honda have plants in the US. Unless you look at where your car was manufactuered the trade name no longer means it was made in their respective countries.
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        L14t
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bet this article made your day when the company you despise has a problem. Since you search everywhere to find the slightest bit of fault in a GM product
        conan12311980
        • 3 Years Ago
        jealous
      timhr2lman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work for GM.Those componants are pre-assemble by the part suppliers, most of wich are FORIEGN to reduce costs. The majoraty of re-calls are due to bad parts, not assembly or design. Thank your Government that doesn't put TARIFFS on FORIEGN products like the rest of the World, wich forces USA corps. to use their materials to build our products.
        Johnny
        • 3 Years Ago
        @timhr2lman
        So you're gonna blame foreign part suppliers for the lack of QC at the GM factory? How do you not notice that cars are missing brake pads? Not only do you have to miss it while assembling the car itself you'd also have to ignore the fact that it's pulling off to one side whenever someone brakes. Your excuse really only shifts the blame to shoddy quality control at the GM factory, you can't just blame foreign suppliers-when you put together the car you have to make sure the parts you're putting in aren't half-broken.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @timhr2lman
        You're a moron. Tariffs would help how exactly? By making the cars more expensive to produce? It doesn't "force" anything your idiot, it allows them to use the least expensive part. Which they will because they are a low end car manufacturer and this is their cheapest car. These parts aren't made here, what would you like them to do? If there was a low cost, QUALITY alternative, of course they would use it. But that option doesn't exist, so they can't. Free trade advances a country, and isolationist racist protectionist old farts like you only get in the way. Please, educate yourself.
      hemipwr54
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM's new slogan ; You can't stop us now !
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