General Motors has issued a recall for certain Chevrolet Spark, Sonic and Trax models equipped with the “Bring Your Own Media” radio.
Traced back to an earlier repair campaign, when dealers attempted to resolve a missing audible warning chime, the new recall states that the affected radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime if drivers do not fasten their seatbelts or when the key is left in the ignition.
This means that the three Chevys do not comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for “Occupant Crash Protection” and “Theft Protection” and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that “without audible indicators, the driver may not fasten their seatbelt, increasing the risk of injury during a crash“.
Owners of certain 2013-2015 Spark city cars, 2015-2016 Sonic superminis and 2015-2016 Trax crossovers will be notified by the manufacturer of the condition and will be advised to schedule an appointment with a local dealer, which will update the radio software, free of charge. The automaker hasn’t provided a notification schedule yet, but concerned customers can contact the Chevrolet Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020 or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.