We’re not sure of exactly how many Chevrolet Sonic are running around locally but back in U.S., General Motors (GM), according to The Detroit News, has issued a recall of more than 1,600 units of the compact sedan and hatchback variants, due to faulty fuel tank straps. In a worst case scenario, the fault could lead to a fire!
The report quoted GM spokesman Alan Adler saying that “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.”
The fault was discovered at the Orion assembly plant in Oakland County. GM claims that there has been no customer complaints, crashes, injuries or fires resulting from the issue as most of the recalled vehicles are still in the dealers stock.
The report also said that because of the government shutdown, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is not posting the detailed recall notices, which includes 1,558 vehicles in the United States and 100 in Canada, submitted by automakers on its website.