If we’re being frank, 2020 has not been a great year for the C8 Corvette. Despite decades of anticipation, the mid-engined Vette has struggled through UAW related delays, the coronavirus pandemic, and supplier issues during its first model year. As if customers needed any more reason to be irritated, Chevrolet has just had to issue two recalls for the C8 Corvette frunk. More specifically, the recalls pertain to the front trunk lids.
If you have ever spent any time near the onboard storage of your vehicle, whether it be a trunk or frunk, you’ve probably noticed the interior trunk release latch. Mandated by the government as an added safety measure, these pulls allow someone trapped inside the compartment to release the latch from the inside. A smart idea no doubt, but one that Chevrolet overlooked slightly with the C8 Corvette. According to the NHTSA recall notice, this device becomes inoperable when the C8 enters sleep mode about 10 minutes after the vehicle is turned off. This is the first recall.
Chevrolet released a statement noting that “a small person who climbs inside the front trunk compartment and closes the trunk lid while inside may not be able to get out without assistance, increasing the risk of injury.” While the C8 Corvette frunk offers 13-cubic feet of storage, becoming trapped would require a small person indeed.
Owners need not fret however, as GM has already found a fix in the Corvette’s Body Control Module. A simple over the air update will allow the car to wake itself from sleep mode when the trunk release is pulled. For buyers who opted out of the OTA program, a trip to the dealer will be required for the re-flash.
This isn’t the only issue General Motors is having with the C8 Corvette frunk. Images and video have appeared online of C8 frunks popping open while drivers are on the move, an issue the company claims is user error. A quick look at the GM Recall Center shows they’ve also added a recall notice for this problem, and have a similar software based update. The Corvette will now not be able to go above 26 mph without the trunk being properly latched, which might help. This one sounds a lot like user error to us, but nevertheless, it’s a serious issue.
This recall involves 6,661 examples of the 2020 Corvette. Lastly, Chevrolet has prompted a stop-sale to repair some Corvettes that have not yet been delivered to customers. The launch woes continue.