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CHEVROLET SONIC - 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 79 complaints filed for the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (6) Equipment Adaptive (1) Power Train (23) Structure (4) Vehicle Speed Control (2)
Electrical System (18) Exterior Lighting (2) Service Brakes (4) Suspension (12) Visibility (4)
Electronic Stability Control (2) Fuel Propulsion System (6) Service Brakes Hydraulic (1) Tires (1) Visibility Wiper (2)
Engine (19) Latches Locks Linkages (1) Steering (6) Unknown Or Other (8) Wheels (2)
Engine And Engine Cooling (3)

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/27/2014 - NAPLES, FL
2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO VEHICLE METAL GRINDING NOISES WHEN ACCELERATING FROM A STOP.

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

8/26/2014 - ENGLAND, AR
I WAS DRIVING AT NIGHT AND IT WAS WARM OUTSIDE.....SO BUGS CAKED ONTO THE WINDSHIELD. WHEN THE BUGS CAKED ONTO THE WINDSHIELD I TRIED TO USE MY WINDSHIELD CLEANER AND NOTHING WOULD COME OUT AND I ENDED UP SMEARING THE BUGS. I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT SEE....SO I MADE IT TO THE NEAREST GAS STATION AND CHECKED THE RESERVOIR TO FIND IT EMPTY. I WENT INTO THE GAS STATION AND BOUGHT A CHEAP BOTTLE OF CLEAN AND PUT IT INTO THE RESERVOIR, AND AS SOON AS I PUT IT IN A PUDDLE DRAINED FROM UNDERNEATH THE CAR. I FOUND THAT THE RESERVOIR COULD NOT HOLD THE LIQUID AND I FIGURED THAT A HOSE MUST BE LOOSE.

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POWER TRAIN

8/25/2014 - NITRO, WV
TL- THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V315000 HAD EXCEEDED THE REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR REPAIR. THE CONTACT HAD ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT BOTH DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WITH NO SUCCESS. IN ADDITION TO THE RECALL REPAIR, THE CONTACT HAD EXPERIENCED POPPING NOISE COMING FROM STEERING WHEEL AND A STRONG PERSISTENT ODOR OF GASOLINE COMING FROM THE VENTILATION SYSTEM. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO DEALER. THE DEALER STATED THE STEERING COLUMN, FUEL PUMP AND CALIPER PINS. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. HOWEVER THE FAILURE PERSISTED TO OCCUR. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 11,000. AZ

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

8/25/2014 - NITRO, WV
TL- THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V315000 HAD EXCEEDED THE REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR REPAIR. THE CONTACT HAD ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT BOTH DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WITH NO SUCCESS. IN ADDITION TO THE RECALL REPAIR, THE CONTACT HAD EXPERIENCED POPPING NOISE COMING FROM STEERING WHEEL AND A STRONG PERSISTENT ODOR OF GASOLINE COMING FROM THE VENTILATION SYSTEM. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO DEALER. THE DEALER STATED THE STEERING COLUMN, FUEL PUMP AND CALIPER PINS. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. HOWEVER THE FAILURE PERSISTED TO OCCUR. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 11,000. AZ

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POWER TRAIN

8/21/2014 - CHERRY FORK , OH
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT HEARD AN ABNORMAL NOISE COMING FROM THE TRANSMISSION AND IT BECAME HARDER TO SHIFT GEARS. THE DEALER REPLACED THE CABIN FILTER; HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT SHIFT OUT OF THIRD GEAR. THE FAILURE WAS NOT CORRECTED AND THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 37,000.

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WHEELS

8/20/2014 - TEAGUE, TX
ALL TEN (10) AIRBAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY WHEN MY CAR WAS STRUCK BY A DRIVER ATTEMPTING TO PASS ME ON THE LEFT AS I WAS TURNING LEFT. THAT DRIVER WAS SPEEDING, CROSSED THE DOUBLE-YELLOW LINE TO PASS, DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE NOR A DRIVER'S LICENSE. MY DRIVER'S DOOR TOOK THE INITIAL IMPACT STRIKE AND WAS DEEPLY CREASED AS THE OTHER CAR CONTINUED FORWARD INTO MINE, THEN THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL WAS STRUCK; THE WHEEL AND A ROD CONNECTED FLEW OFF, MY FENDER WAS OBLITERATED, ENGINE COMPONENTS WERE SMASHED, AND MY CAR SPUN AROUND AT LEAST 200 DEGREES. THE OTHER DRIVER WAS GOING SO FAST, IT CONTINUED FORWARD MORE THAN 150 FEET BEFORE THE DRIVER COULD GET HIS VEHICLE TO STOP AFTER STRIKING MY CAR. THE INSURANCE COMPANY DEEMED MY CAR A TOTAL LOSS. DURING THE ACCIDENT, MY HEAD VIOLENTLY STRUCK THE DOOR FRAME AND I WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS. IT IS A MIRACLE FROM GOD THAT I WASN'T KILLED! MY HUSBAND IS LIVID TO THINK I COULD HAVE DIED... AND TO THINK THAT THE 10 AIRBAGS WERE A BIG SELLING POINT FOR US WHEN PURCHASING THE VEHICLE. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GETTING A SAFE VEHICLE. WE FEEL LIED TO AND ABUSED AS THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS--SO SAYS AN ATTORNEY--SINCE I WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED NOR KILLED. AFTER MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS, I'LL STILL OWE ABOUT $4000 ON MY NEW-ISH CHEVY SONIC, AND I AM STILL REQUIRED TO PAY THE BALANCE TO ALLY (HOLDING THE LOAN FOR THIS GM CAR) FOR A PRODUCT THAT DIDN'T PERFORM AS IT SHOULD HAVE TO KEEP ME SAFE. HOW IS THIS NOT A CRIME? ISN'T THIS ROBBERY? GM SHOULD PROVIDE SOME KIND OF ASSISTANCE SINCE IT ADVERTISED UNTRUE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE VEHICLE. IF WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE CAR WAS UNSAFE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT. THERE'S TOO LITTLE JUSTICE IN AMERICA THESE DAYS. GM, IF YOU WILL MAKE THIS RIGHT, I WILL PLACE A FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT IN MY NEWSPAPER TELLING EVERYONE YOU TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR FAULT.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

8/20/2014 - TEAGUE, TX
ALL TEN (10) AIRBAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY WHEN MY CAR WAS STRUCK BY A DRIVER ATTEMPTING TO PASS ME ON THE LEFT AS I WAS TURNING LEFT. THAT DRIVER WAS SPEEDING, CROSSED THE DOUBLE-YELLOW LINE TO PASS, DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE NOR A DRIVER'S LICENSE. MY DRIVER'S DOOR TOOK THE INITIAL IMPACT STRIKE AND WAS DEEPLY CREASED AS THE OTHER CAR CONTINUED FORWARD INTO MINE, THEN THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL WAS STRUCK; THE WHEEL AND A ROD CONNECTED FLEW OFF, MY FENDER WAS OBLITERATED, ENGINE COMPONENTS WERE SMASHED, AND MY CAR SPUN AROUND AT LEAST 200 DEGREES. THE OTHER DRIVER WAS GOING SO FAST, IT CONTINUED FORWARD MORE THAN 150 FEET BEFORE THE DRIVER COULD GET HIS VEHICLE TO STOP AFTER STRIKING MY CAR. THE INSURANCE COMPANY DEEMED MY CAR A TOTAL LOSS. DURING THE ACCIDENT, MY HEAD VIOLENTLY STRUCK THE DOOR FRAME AND I WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS. IT IS A MIRACLE FROM GOD THAT I WASN'T KILLED! MY HUSBAND IS LIVID TO THINK I COULD HAVE DIED... AND TO THINK THAT THE 10 AIRBAGS WERE A BIG SELLING POINT FOR US WHEN PURCHASING THE VEHICLE. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GETTING A SAFE VEHICLE. WE FEEL LIED TO AND ABUSED AS THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS--SO SAYS AN ATTORNEY--SINCE I WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED NOR KILLED. AFTER MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS, I'LL STILL OWE ABOUT $4000 ON MY NEW-ISH CHEVY SONIC, AND I AM STILL REQUIRED TO PAY THE BALANCE TO ALLY (HOLDING THE LOAN FOR THIS GM CAR) FOR A PRODUCT THAT DIDN'T PERFORM AS IT SHOULD HAVE TO KEEP ME SAFE. HOW IS THIS NOT A CRIME? ISN'T THIS ROBBERY? GM SHOULD PROVIDE SOME KIND OF ASSISTANCE SINCE IT ADVERTISED UNTRUE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE VEHICLE. IF WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE CAR WAS UNSAFE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT. THERE'S TOO LITTLE JUSTICE IN AMERICA THESE DAYS. GM, IF YOU WILL MAKE THIS RIGHT, I WILL PLACE A FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT IN MY NEWSPAPER TELLING EVERYONE YOU TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR FAULT.

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SUSPENSION

8/20/2014 - TEAGUE, TX
ALL TEN (10) AIRBAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY WHEN MY CAR WAS STRUCK BY A DRIVER ATTEMPTING TO PASS ME ON THE LEFT AS I WAS TURNING LEFT. THAT DRIVER WAS SPEEDING, CROSSED THE DOUBLE-YELLOW LINE TO PASS, DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE NOR A DRIVER'S LICENSE. MY DRIVER'S DOOR TOOK THE INITIAL IMPACT STRIKE AND WAS DEEPLY CREASED AS THE OTHER CAR CONTINUED FORWARD INTO MINE, THEN THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL WAS STRUCK; THE WHEEL AND A ROD CONNECTED FLEW OFF, MY FENDER WAS OBLITERATED, ENGINE COMPONENTS WERE SMASHED, AND MY CAR SPUN AROUND AT LEAST 200 DEGREES. THE OTHER DRIVER WAS GOING SO FAST, IT CONTINUED FORWARD MORE THAN 150 FEET BEFORE THE DRIVER COULD GET HIS VEHICLE TO STOP AFTER STRIKING MY CAR. THE INSURANCE COMPANY DEEMED MY CAR A TOTAL LOSS. DURING THE ACCIDENT, MY HEAD VIOLENTLY STRUCK THE DOOR FRAME AND I WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS. IT IS A MIRACLE FROM GOD THAT I WASN'T KILLED! MY HUSBAND IS LIVID TO THINK I COULD HAVE DIED... AND TO THINK THAT THE 10 AIRBAGS WERE A BIG SELLING POINT FOR US WHEN PURCHASING THE VEHICLE. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GETTING A SAFE VEHICLE. WE FEEL LIED TO AND ABUSED AS THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS--SO SAYS AN ATTORNEY--SINCE I WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED NOR KILLED. AFTER MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS, I'LL STILL OWE ABOUT $4000 ON MY NEW-ISH CHEVY SONIC, AND I AM STILL REQUIRED TO PAY THE BALANCE TO ALLY (HOLDING THE LOAN FOR THIS GM CAR) FOR A PRODUCT THAT DIDN'T PERFORM AS IT SHOULD HAVE TO KEEP ME SAFE. HOW IS THIS NOT A CRIME? ISN'T THIS ROBBERY? GM SHOULD PROVIDE SOME KIND OF ASSISTANCE SINCE IT ADVERTISED UNTRUE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE VEHICLE. IF WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE CAR WAS UNSAFE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT. THERE'S TOO LITTLE JUSTICE IN AMERICA THESE DAYS. GM, IF YOU WILL MAKE THIS RIGHT, I WILL PLACE A FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT IN MY NEWSPAPER TELLING EVERYONE YOU TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR FAULT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/19/2014 - JACKSON, MS
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE WOULD SUDDENLY SHUT OFF. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE BATTERY CONNECTION WAS FAULTY. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 13,500.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

8/19/2014 - NEW SYMRNA BEACH, FL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT SHIFT TO THE CORRECT GEAR CAUSING THE ENGINE RPM TO SUDDENLY INCREASE. ALSO, THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT WHEN THE VEHICLE WOULD COME TO A STOP, THE VEHICLE WOULD ACCELERATE INDEPENDENTLY. THE VEHICLE WAS INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V315000 (POWER TRAIN). HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 20,000.

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