Chevrolet and NHTSA recall 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models for faulty windscreen washer

Chevrolet and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for 44,000 Sonic models over a faulty windshield washer hose from the reservoir. The hose can fail and drivers could be without the ability to clean their windscreens.

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Roughly 44,700 models have been noted to be recalled.

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The model years affected are 2012 Sonics made from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. Of course, Chevrolet will be fixing the issue free of charge. If you have any concerns, General Motors’ information about the campaign can be viewed after the jump.

Report Date: August 26, 2012 at 09:21 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V408000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2012 CHEVROLET / SONIC
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 17, 2012

Potential Number of Units Affected: 44,668

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.” The windshield wiper washer hose on these vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this occurs, washer fluid will not be available to the windshield.

A lack of washer fluid could impede the driver’s view, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will secure the windshield washer hose to prevent separation, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 7, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.

GM’s recall campaign number is 12176. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to

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– By: Chris Chin