General Motors has announced its plan to recall almost 1,600 2013 and 2014 model year Chevrolet Sonic vehicles for a potentially faulty fuel tank strap weld. All vehicles involved in the recall are in the United States, however an additional 100 vehicles have been recalled in Canada for the same issue.
So far there have been no customer complaints, crashes, or injuries from the affected vehicles, as most of the affected models remain in dealer stock. GM originally discovered the problem at its assembly plant during inspection.
If the fuel tank strap welds break, the fuel tank would end up resting on either the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel tank shield. Because these parts may not support the weight of the fuel tank, it may separate from the vehicle completely. This would increase the risk of the fuel tank being punctured, which could potentially ignite a fire.
Owners will be contacted by General Motors, and dealers will inspect all bracket straps and make any repairs necessary at no cost to the owner thanks to the new vehicle warranty.
Source: General Motors