For the second time in about a month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on the Chevrolet Sonic. Last month, around 44,000 2012 Sonics were recalled for a leaky windshield washer reservoir hose, and now over 4,700 owners of the 2013 Sonic can expect to receive a recall notice.

This time around, NHTSA says that certain Sonics built between May 29 and August 29 exhibit a condition where the car's turn signals don't operate properly, meaning the car does not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regulations. Like the previous recall on the Sonic, this one has a relatively easy fix that requires the body control module and the key fobs to be reprogrammed.

General Motors will start notifying owners next week, but for more information, check out NTHSA's press release below.
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Report Date: September 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V454000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): CHEVROLET / SONIC 2013
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date: SEP 17, 2012

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,716

Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2012, through August 29, 2012. When a turn signal lamp fails to operate, the Body Control Module (BCM) in these vehicles does not detect this condition and will not indicate the condition to the driver. Thus, These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Consequence:
If the driver is not aware that the turn signal is not functioning and does not have the light repaired, other drivers may not be alerted that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the BCM and the vehicle's key fobs, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 3, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.

Notes:
GM's campaign number is 12209. 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 www.safercar.gov.


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      Mark Fergel
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, only 23 people were using them and hadn\'t noticed they were faulty. :-)
      Just Stuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it really matter? In the DC metro area hardly anyone uses turn signals anyway.
        PiCASSO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Just Stuff
        Same here for the Chicago area... you almost have to watch for any adjustments to ensure they aren't thinking change lanes or turning.
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          icemilkcoffee
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sooo- when are the airlines going to refund the taxpayers from the post 9/11 airline bailouts? When are the S&L\'s going to refund the taxpayers for the S&L bailots?
          icemilkcoffee
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sooo- when are the airlines going to refund the taxpayers from the post 9/11 airline bailouts? When are the S&L\'s going to refund the taxpayers for the S&L bailots?
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      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      This time around, NHTSA says that certain Toyotas built between 1990 and August 29 exhibit a condition where the car is joyless and provides the experience of a throbbing headache.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
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          Al Terego
          • 2 Years Ago
          Give the guy a break. Probably just some lowly car salesman trying to deflect negative attention away from the product he's selling.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
        Most pointless comment ever
          Roger
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          But damn it's funny (and accurate!!)
      sundude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do people even USE turn signals any more...?? Not from what I see on a daily basis.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sundude
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      Klink
      • 2 Years Ago
      Forget the previous 2 recalls. When will GM recall this for looking fugly like every other GM product previously built? Seriously - the first (and only) time I saw one of these on the road, it screamed "Chevy" before I could see any badging or logos. It's hard to have a "new" GM when the same "old" designers are at the helm...
        William
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klink
        Klink...Its an attractive car. Quite nice, actually.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klink
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        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klink
        Huh? the Sonic is one of the best looking cars in its segment. What on earth are you talking about?
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      This time around, NHTSA says that certain Toyotas built between 1990 and August 29 exhibit a condition where the car is joyless and provides the experience of a throbbing headache.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im a salesman, constantly on the road and have owned a Toyota corolla, celica & now a 1997 avalon. The 1st 2 I sold with over 250.000 miles, both were 4 cyl. I bought the avalon used and loaded, all amenities. I just turned 200,000 and have only replaced maintenance items. Now I know I am good at maintaining a car, and would probably do ok with most cars but, other people with american cars are in the shop a lot. I bought a Chrysler minivan new and it never ran right. The airconditioner failed after a year and I had to fight them to replace it. They did and it still was noisy and eventually failed. I sold that car with 50,000 mi. on it and have never bought another american car. The avalon has a nice 6 cyl. with power when I need it but still good on gas. Yes, Toyota owners love their cars and most stay loyal to the brand.
        imnuts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        And this has what to do with the recall due to faulty turn signals? Should I go into the 50 stories about the woos of Toyota and their recalls and say "I've had 10 American cars that never gave me problems, but the first time I sat in a Toyota, I won the quarter mile drag cause it was WOT from the time I put it in drive"?
      Mark Fergel
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, only 23 people were using them and hadn\'t noticed they were faulty. :-)
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should get some old Mitsu turn signals installed
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should get some old Mitsu turn signals installed
        Roger
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        CAn you please repeat that? We didn't get it the first 7 times you said it.
      imnuts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are they sure that the Chevy Sonic is the only car affected by this? Seems that pretty much every car on the road today suffers from turn signal malfunctions...
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