The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Motors announced this week that they are recalling over 44,000 Chevy Sonics due to a faulty windshield washer hose responsible for bringing windshield wiper fluid to the windshield.

  If the hose fails, like GM and the NHTSA predicts it will, drivers will be unable to properly clean their windshields and therefore may be prevented from sufficiently seeing the road.

As the snow and slush season approaches, this poses a very real danger to those in areas where winters are severe.  If you own a 2012 Sonic manufactured between May 5,2011 and February 24, 2012, GM urges you to bring it to your local Chevy dealership for a free repair.  If you are unsure which dealership is nearest you or if you have questions about the recall, GM invites you to contact the Chevrolet Owner’s Center at 1-866-694-6546.

About the Chevy Sonic

Chevrolet introduced the subcompact Sonic in January 2011 as a continuation of their Aveo model, which has been their entry level vehicle since 2002. With a starting price of $14,765, the Sonic is one of the cheapest cars offered to American consumers and the only subcompact available stateside that is actually manufactured in the United States.  The vehicle is manufactured at GM’s Lake Orion plant in suburban Detroit.

Traditionally, automakers have been forced to manufacture their subcompact offerings overseas or in Mexico to keep production costs as low as possible.  Because subcompacts are priced so low, it would be difficult to make a profit on the tiny cars otherwise.  For example, Ford’s subcompact, the Fiesta, is manufactured in Mexico, while the Honda Fit is put together in China and Brazil.  The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are made in a number of foreign countries, which are mostly located in Asia and South America.  Toyota’s Yaris and the Mazda 2 subcompact are also manufactured in Asia, though Toyota also runs a plant in France that builds the Yaris.

Unsurprisingly, most of these countries have minimum wage requirements that are significantly lower than those in the United States.  The wages are so low  that cost of transporting the cars to across oceans to get to the U.S. is more than covered by the difference in labor costs and still allows them to make a profit.

About the Guest Author 

This guest post was contributed by Brittany Larson on behalf of Lynch Chevrolet of Kenosha.  For more information about this recall or the author email info (at) consumerbell (dot) com.