Certain 2013 Sonics manufactured between May 29 and August 29 have a faulty turn signal function. While the driver activates the signal and it appears to operate normally from the interior, the actual signals on the exterior of the vehicle fail. Since drivers are unaware that the signal is not operating, they could cause a car accident as they turn or merge into unsuspecting traffic.
Made by General Motors, the company will notify the owners of the affected vehicles. There will be a free service offered to fix the connectivity problem between the driver and the turn signal. The recall will become effective on October 3. Concerned drivers can contact General Motors or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The previous recall to the Sonic involved a problem with the windshield wiper fluid. The hose issuing the fluid to the wipers can become disconnected, which is an issue when drivers need to clear the windshield to drive safely. This defect affected about 44,600 vehicles, but only the 2012 model year of the Sonic manufactured between May 5, 2011 and February 24, 2012.
The Sonic was created largely as a higher end replacement to the Chevy Aveo market. The hatchback seats five passengers and gets about 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The average price tag runs around $19,000.