2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Airbag Recall Update and Walkaround

November 24, 2012

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_1_wheel.jpg A couple of weeks back NHTSA announced a small targeted recall involving about 3,000 Chevrolet Sonics, Chevrolet Cruzes and Buick Veranos due a potential short in the driver's side airbag that could prevent it from deploying when it should. After a check of our 2012 Chevy Sonic's VIN number and build date, we can report that our vehicle is not affected and will need no further attention.

That's great, but as long as we're on the subject, let's take a quick tour of the 10 standard airbags that have been arrayed inside this B-segment sub-compact car.

Number 1, of course, is the driver's side airbag shown above.

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_2_pdash_a.jpg Squint really hard and you might just make out the faint lines that define the exit window for airbag Number 2, the passenger-side front airbag. The dash top is scored from the inside so the airbag can burst through.

Airbags Number 3 and 4 are contained in the front seat outer seatback bolsters, and that stitch line looks like a handy place for them to burst through.

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_5_knee_dr.jpgNumber 5 is a knee airbag hidden just below the steering column behind a door.

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_6_knee_pass.jpgThe passenger's knees are not to be left out, and airbag Number 6 lies hidden behind a panel that extends below the main glovebox.

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_7_8_a_curtain_fr_a.jpgAirbags Number 7 and 8 are the side curtain airbags that run up the A-pillar and along the roof, all the way to . . .

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_7_8_b_curtain_rr_a.jpg. . . the rear D-pillar. When they deploy they cover all of the side window glass and keep the occupants' arms inside.

2012_Chevy_Sonic_1600_airbag_9_10_rear_side_a.jpgThe final pair of airbags, Number 9 and 10, reside in the outer side bolsters of the rear seats. But these airbags are not physically connected to the seats; they're a fixed part of the bolsters that stay put when and if the rear seat backs are folded down to carry cargo. And like we saw up front, the obvious stitch line provides a means for the airbag to burst through.

Yeah, the Sonic is a small sub-compact car, but it does have a comprehensive set of airbags, and all 10 of them are standard.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 15,786 miles 

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