Recall Alert: 2013-14 Chevrolet Sonic

Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 1,558 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonics

The Problem: Faulty fuel-tank strap welds could allow the strap bracket to separate, causing the fuel tank to rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel-tank shield. If the fuel-tank shield and fuel-filler neck do not support the fuel tank, it may separate from the vehicle. If punctured and in the presence of an ignition source, a fire may occur. The automaker discovered the issue in the assembly plant and said there have been no customer complaints, crashes, injuries or fires resulting from the problem; most of the vehicles are in dealer stock.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the bracket straps and make any necessary repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM said motorists experiencing the problem may hear a rattling or scraping noise. Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to

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Luckily this is just a minor recall with a small number of cars affected, and most weren't sold.

However, I'm looking for a new subcompact in the coming year and the Sonic is one of the three candidates (the Accent and Mirage are the others). Reliability woes and Chevy's past reputation are the only downfalls on an otherwise roomy, sporty, and stylish small car. It's overall my favorite at this moment. Hopefully this ends up being just a fluke reflecting the quality control from the Lake Orion plant

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