General Motors Recalls Vehicles with Inadequate Theft Protection

About 318,000 vehicles are impacted by this recall

General Motors Recalls Vehicles with Inadequate Theft Protection
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May 16, 2016

An electrical issue has prompted a recall for certain General Motors (GM) vehicles.

The manufacturer is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio. The affected radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime when the driver, after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder, waits 10 minutes or longer to open the door.

As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114 "Theft Protection."

Without audible indicators, the driver may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of vehicle theft.

The company is including about 318,000 vehicles in its recall.

GM will notify owners of the recalled vehicles, and local dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this recall.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020.