C8 Corvette owners were treated to another bout of consumer annoyance last week when General Motors announced two recalls for the sports cars. Both issues related to the car’s frunk, and were serious enough for GM to place a Stop Delivery Order until the fix was completed. Corvette’s Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has just posted a video, via CorvetteBlogger, showing owners how the team at Chevrolet have solved the opening frunk issue with some clever software programming.
The first recall related to the C8 Corvette frunk came as a result of an issue with the interior emergency release. It was a bit of a goofy problem that was ultimately able to be fixed via software. Better yet, owners were able to receive an over the air update with the fix if they opted in to the program. The second issue arose when owners began having their frunks blow open while they were driving, causing damage to the car, and more dangerously, obstructing their view out the windshield. GM maintains that this issue was a result of user error, though they have created yet another update nonetheless because customers need to be treated like children.
General Motors believes that owners were accidentally hitting the trunk release button on their key fobs without realizing it, causing the trunk to be open before driving. A simple two-click button press is all that was originally required to pop the frunk, which is not abnormal in the industry. However, Juetcher demonstrates in the video that GM will now require you to click the button once, followed by a second click and hold in order to open the latch. A simple fix, but one that should help avoid this dangerous situation. The update also limits the top speed of the C8 Corvette to 26 mph with the frunk open, instead of the 82 mph that it originally allowed.
It has been a long year for the C8 Corvette, but this recent string of recalls does show how impressive its new electronic architecture really is. Both recalls were able to be corrected within a week, and owners will never have to leave home in order to have the work completed. Now if only someone could figure out how to tune the darn thing.