The Basics: General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles because of their risk of being stolen due to a software glitch. The recall impacts 317,572 total models.
The Issue: The problem is if a driver turns off the car and then decides to sit in it for 10 minutes or more, the key chime may not work. As in, the car might not alert the driver he or she’s left the keys in the ignition which increases the chance of the car being stolen. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114 “Theft Protection.”
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 17130.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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