On Friday, GM said that it will be recalling just 1,658 Chevrolet Sonic models (a mere 10 from Canada). The exact amount of 2013 versus 2014 models recalled is unknown, but we can assume that this issue will not be present for the 2015 model year.
So what is it that exactly has gone wrong?
GM spokesman Alan Adler tells that if the strap bracket were to split, the fuel tank would rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic tank shield, and owners may hear a rattling or scraping noise. If the 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 might ensue.
Fortunately, the issue was noticed at the Orion Township assembly plant, and the vast majority of the cars are still in dealer inventory.
And to end things on a high note, there haven’t been any customer complaints, Tesla-esque explosions, or lawsuits. As usual, affected owners can bring in their Sonics to their local Chevrolet dealer, inspect the necessary components, and replace them if need be free of charge.