General Motors is voluntarily recalling more than 1,600 model-year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Sonic sedans and hatchbacks due to potentially faulty fuel tank strap welds, the The Detroit News reports. According to GM, "If the strap bracket separates, the fuel tank would rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel tank shield, and owners may hear a rattling or scraping noise. If the fuel tank shield and fuel filler neck do not support the tank, it could separate from the car. If the tank is punctured and there is a source of ignition, a fire may occur."

GM reportedly discovered the issue at its assembly plant and does not know of any complaints, injuries or incidents resulting from the issue. Since many of the cars are still at dealerships, dealers will proactively make necessary repairs. We have yet to see an official recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, presumably since the agency has temporarily stopped issuing notices because of Washington's government shutdown.


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      Eric
      • 3 Months Ago


      I own a 2-mo old 2014 Sonic HB AT (bought it last July).

      Yesterday, the ABS warning lit along with the alarm (2x). This happened while I was driving. I tried to put gas to apply speed and reach the side faster but it didn't budge at all. Luckily I manage to just hang-on to the remaining speed and parked at the side of the road.

        Ruthie Webb
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Eric

        I have a Sonic RS, I went to stick the key in, and it was blocked, till I forced it....smh


      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job for GM being pro-active and taking care of the problem before a customer gets a problem.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      The high quality Daewoo engineering strikes again. First it was the Cruze; you'd think that a car that went on sale well ahead of the US launch would have had all bugs worked out. Now the Sonic gets its turn. Is Holden the only foreign division of GM that seems to get things right? Maybe the company should be renamed Holden.
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Wow, 1600 vehicles made in the US and here it comes. What rock did you crawl out of?
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        "Daewoo engineering strikes again" The recall is for potentially faulty welds. Welding is not engineering.
          Jeremy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          The act of welding is not engineering, but deciding what materials, how to weld them together with what welding methods is engineering. Also, determining how much stress on the welds and weather or not the welds will be strong enough is also engineering .
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        This car was developed and engineered in the US. Its also built here in the US alongside the Verano. Its the only Subcompact built in the United States.
        Jeremy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Taken from "The Truth About Cars" : While the Aveo was born out of old-GM’s need to buy every ailing car company around the world (in this case Daewoo), it’s replacement, the new Chevy Sonic, is the only subcompact car currently sold in the United States that’s actually assembled here as well. The platform used by the Sonic is far better traveled than most Americans. GM’s “Gamma II” architecture was designed by GM Korea with considerable input from Opel (as the Opel Corsa will share the platform soon) and re-skinned by Chevrolet.
        groingo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Only After the work the bug's out otherwise Holden will be as bad as GM.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only way a Sonic will ever be a hot car.
      zakgee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fire risk is that someone will douse themselves in gasoline and light themselves up when they realize they're rollin' in a Sonic.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Sonic is the best car in it's class which really isn't saying much, but it at least looks decent.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Comments in a Sonic recall article that are less than a half hour old are at -8 already? Fanboys have arrived.
        GasMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Obviously the GM PR machine is out today.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
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      • 5 Months Ago
      I think this might be a bigger problem than is realized. I am getting lousy gas mileage and suspect that mine should have been recalled for this or some other problem, but has not been. I am getting 20 city 22 highway for mileage. My old Chevy Cavalier and Chevy Cruze got better mileage. Maybe the gas tank is leaking. GM and the local dealership have not helped me, saying it is working with no issues. My model is a 2014 Automatic SONIC LT Sedan. Anyone else with this problem?
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