Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,000 model-year 2015-16 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars and Trax SUVs, and model-year 2013-15 Spark hatchbacks, all equipped with Bring Your Own Media radio
The Problem: The radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime when the driver fails to fasten their seat belt or, after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder, waits 10 minutes or longer to open the door. Without audible indicators, the driver may not fasten their seat belt, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, or may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of theft. This latest action is an expansion of an April 28 recall of approximately 318,000 model-year 2013-16 Sonic cars and Trax SUVs, and 2013-15 Sparks hatchbacks for the same problem.
The Fix: Dealers will update the radio software for free.
What Owners Should Do: GM did not immediately provide an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, the National Highway Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.
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