Recalls: GM/NHTSA recall 2013 Chevrolet Sonics for turn signal reprogramming

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Motors have issued a recall for some 4,716 2013 Chevrolet Sonic models for a defect with the turn signals.

According to the issuing, Sonics made between May 29, 2012 through August 29, 2012 have fault Body Control Modules, or BCM. Apparently, the BCM controls functions like the turn signals and when a bulb fails, the BCM would inform the driver in the form of some messaging, idiot lights, bonging, and a spazz-tastically extra-fast blinker.

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However, the issue is that the BCM does not detect turn signal lamp failures and thus does not inform the driver. And that violates a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

GM said that they will begin notifying owners, who will be able to take their affected Sonics to dealers to have the BCM reprogrammed for free, along with the vehicle’s key fobs free of charge.

For the full report, check it out after the jump.

Report Date: September 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number:12V454000Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): CHEVROLET / SONIC 2013
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Mfr’s Report Date:SEP 17, 2012Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
Potential Number of Units Affected:4,716Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2012, through August 29, 2012. When a turn signal lamp fails to operate, the Body Control Module (BCM) in these vehicles does not detect this condition and will not indicate the condition to the driver. Thus, These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Consequence:
If the driver is not aware that the turn signal is not functioning and does not have the light repaired, other drivers may not be alerted that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the BCM and the vehicle’s key fobs, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 3, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.

Notes:
GM’s campaign number is 12209. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

– By: Chris Chin