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said it is recalling about 5,000 new Chevrolet Sonics because they could be missing brake pads.

The automaker and federal officials announced the recall on Friday, saying the cars could be missing front brake pads. GM said it sold 4,296 of the cars in the U.S. and 577 in Canada.

The cars were made in the Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant. GM said it expects that 20 to 30 of the recalled vehicles are lacking a brake pad. The automaker knows of no crashes or injuries that resulted from the missing brake pads, a problem that was discovered during warranty service on a Sonic.

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The missing brake pads -- part of a subassembly of components -- fell off before the cars were assembled and had remained unnoticed at the bottom of containers being shipped to the Orion Township factory, said GM spokesman Alan Adler, according to

Automotive News


The recently-unveiled Sonic represents GM's effort to compete in the sub-compact sector with a U.S. made car. Through the first 11 months, the automaker has sold 10,035 Sonics.

A 2013 turbocharged Sonic RS will make its debut at the

Detroit Auto Show

in January.

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