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CHEVROLET SONIC - 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 86 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 (7) Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Power Train (26) Structure (4) Vehicle Speed Control (2)
Communications (1) Equipment Adaptive (1) Service Brakes (5) Suspension (12) Visibility (4)
Electrical System (18) Exterior Lighting (2) Service Brakes Hydraulic (1) Tires (1) Visibility Wiper (2)
Electronic Stability Control (2) Fuel Propulsion System (6) Steering (7) Unknown Or Other (8) Wheels (2)
Engine (20) Latches Locks Linkages (1)

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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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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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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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POWER TRAIN

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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POWER TRAIN

8/10/2014 - REDWOOD CITY, CA
WHILE ENGAGING THE SHIFTER ASSEMBLY INTO GEAR, THE BUTTON ON THE ASSEMBLY BECOMES STUCK. THE CAR CAN THEN BE MOVED FROM PARK INTO ANY GEAR BY ACCIDENT. ALSO CAUSING THE KEY TO BE STUCK INSIDE THE IGNITION OF THE VEHICLE.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/10/2014 - REDWOOD CITY, CA
WHILE ENGAGING THE SHIFTER ASSEMBLY INTO GEAR, THE BUTTON ON THE ASSEMBLY BECOMES STUCK. THE CAR CAN THEN BE MOVED FROM PARK INTO ANY GEAR BY ACCIDENT. ALSO CAUSING THE KEY TO BE STUCK INSIDE THE IGNITION OF THE VEHICLE.

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ENGINE

8/8/2014 - BOYNTON BEACH, FL
CURRENT MILEAGE IS 26.985 1. CAR SEEMS TO LOSE POWER WHEN ACCELERATING AND HESITATES (ALMOST SHUTTING DOWN), IT HAPPENS RANDOMLY WHILE DRIVING AS WELL AND IS NOW HAPPENING MORE AND MORE OFTEN. IT' VERY DANGEROUS WHEN CROSSING INTERSECTIONS OR MAKING A RIGHT ON RED AND ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS WHEN ACCELERATING TO ENTER A HIGHWAY. 2. REAR SUSPENSION MAKES STRANGE NOISES UPON BACKING UP/STOPPING; 3. VERY BAD ODOR COMING FROM A/C VENTS....DISGUSTING, ALMOST SMELLS LIKE PLASTIC BURNING OR BURNING ROTTEN EGGS; 4. I HEAR STRANGE NOISES IN THE BACK BRAKES, NOT CONSTANT BUT RANDOM AND GETTING LOUDER WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN; 5. WIPER FLUID NOT WORKING, I'VE BEEN TOLD THIS IS A RECALL ISSUE; 6. THE AUTOMATIC DASHBOARD LIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING, MOST ESPECIALLY WHEN TURNING THE WIPERS ON/OFF. IT DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER IF YOU'RE IN COMPLETE DARKNESS OR DAYLIGHT. 7. SOMETIMES THE CAR WILL NOT LOCK UNTIL YOU PUT THE KEY BACK IN THE IGNITION, RESTART THE CAR, TAKE IT OUT OF PARK AND PUT IT BACK IN PARK. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO DO THIS 2 OR 3 TIMES, EACH TIME GETTING BACK OUT OF THE CAR TO TRY TO LOCK IT. 8. STEERING THIS CAR ON THE HIGHWAY AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS IS DIFFICULT...THE CAR SWERVES AND IF IT'S A WINDY DAY IT'S BEYOND DIFFICULT TO KEEP THIS CAR IN THE LANE. VERY DANGEROUS. 9. THE RADIO TURNS ITSELF ON AND OFF AS IT PLEASES. IT TOOK ME YEARS TO BE ABLE TO FINALLY PURCHASE A NEW CAR AND NOW THERE ARE NOT ONLY 6 RECALLS ON THE CAR BUT I ALSO HAVE ALL THE ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE. THERE'S A 45 DAY WAIT TO HAVE THE RECALLS REPAIRED AND EVENT WITH THAT I AM NOW GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A DAY OFF OF WORK WITHOUT PAY TO GET THIS CRAP ALL FIXED! I FEEL LIKE I HAVE WASTED MY MONEY. SO MUCH FOR EXPECTING RELIABILITY AND QUALITY.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

8/8/2014 - BOYNTON BEACH, FL
CURRENT MILEAGE IS 26.985 1. CAR SEEMS TO LOSE POWER WHEN ACCELERATING AND HESITATES (ALMOST SHUTTING DOWN), IT HAPPENS RANDOMLY WHILE DRIVING AS WELL AND IS NOW HAPPENING MORE AND MORE OFTEN. IT' VERY DANGEROUS WHEN CROSSING INTERSECTIONS OR MAKING A RIGHT ON RED AND ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS WHEN ACCELERATING TO ENTER A HIGHWAY. 2. REAR SUSPENSION MAKES STRANGE NOISES UPON BACKING UP/STOPPING; 3. VERY BAD ODOR COMING FROM A/C VENTS....DISGUSTING, ALMOST SMELLS LIKE PLASTIC BURNING OR BURNING ROTTEN EGGS; 4. I HEAR STRANGE NOISES IN THE BACK BRAKES, NOT CONSTANT BUT RANDOM AND GETTING LOUDER WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN; 5. WIPER FLUID NOT WORKING, I'VE BEEN TOLD THIS IS A RECALL ISSUE; 6. THE AUTOMATIC DASHBOARD LIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING, MOST ESPECIALLY WHEN TURNING THE WIPERS ON/OFF. IT DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER IF YOU'RE IN COMPLETE DARKNESS OR DAYLIGHT. 7. SOMETIMES THE CAR WILL NOT LOCK UNTIL YOU PUT THE KEY BACK IN THE IGNITION, RESTART THE CAR, TAKE IT OUT OF PARK AND PUT IT BACK IN PARK. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO DO THIS 2 OR 3 TIMES, EACH TIME GETTING BACK OUT OF THE CAR TO TRY TO LOCK IT. 8. STEERING THIS CAR ON THE HIGHWAY AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS IS DIFFICULT...THE CAR SWERVES AND IF IT'S A WINDY DAY IT'S BEYOND DIFFICULT TO KEEP THIS CAR IN THE LANE. VERY DANGEROUS. 9. THE RADIO TURNS ITSELF ON AND OFF AS IT PLEASES. IT TOOK ME YEARS TO BE ABLE TO FINALLY PURCHASE A NEW CAR AND NOW THERE ARE NOT ONLY 6 RECALLS ON THE CAR BUT I ALSO HAVE ALL THE ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE. THERE'S A 45 DAY WAIT TO HAVE THE RECALLS REPAIRED AND EVENT WITH THAT I AM NOW GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A DAY OFF OF WORK WITHOUT PAY TO GET THIS CRAP ALL FIXED! I FEEL LIKE I HAVE WASTED MY MONEY. SO MUCH FOR EXPECTING RELIABILITY AND QUALITY.

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