General Motors Recalls Chevrolets Due to Electrical Problem

Vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio are affected

General Motors Recalls Chevrolets Due to Electrical Problem
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June 20, 2016

Manufacturer General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for certain Chevrolet vehicles.

Up to 18,780 of the company's vehicles are in noncompliance with two Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), including the model year 2015-2016 Sonic and Trax as well as the 2013-2015 Spark.

Each affected vehicle is equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio, which is where the problem originates. The radio may not provide an audible warning chime when the driver fails to fasten their seatbelt or if the driver leaves the key in the ignition. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS numbers 208, "Occupant Crash Protection," and 114, "Theft Protection."

Without audible indicators, the driver may not fasten their seatbelt, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software free of charge. However, the manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

For more information, owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020.