Another week, another issue with the C8 Corvette. Only this week, it’s two completely separate and serious recalls. First, GM is issuing a recall for the C8 Corvette because a sensor connection in the brake booster module. This sensor is key to the brake by wire system in these vehicles, where there is no mechanical connection between the brake pedal and the brakes. The second recall affects the seat belt, where the pretensioner system may not activate in the event of a crash, dramatically reducing occupant safety.
The brake recall, uncovered by Corvette Action Center, affects not only the aforementioned 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, but also the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2020 Cadillac CT4, CT5 and XT4, and 2020-2021 Buick Encore GX. The sensor failure will not cause a total loss in braking power, but a warning light will appear on the dash, and the vehicle may require additional braking pressure to stop. This is an obvious safety concern, especially in emergency braking, as drivers may not stop as quickly as expected.
According to Motor Authority, a GM spokesperson said a material in the possibly faulty sensor may have been contaminated during the supplier’s production process, and it could disrupt communication between the sensor and the brake boost system. As mentioned, this won’t cause the brakes to fail, but significantly more force will be needed to slow the vehicle down.
The second recall, also discovered by Corvette Action Center, only pertains to the C8 Corvette. The outlet reports the seatbelt supplier may have inadvertently used a deformed component, causing the belt locking mechanism to fail. In the event of a crash, the seatbelt would fail to hold the driver or passenger in place, effectively removing any benefit of wearing a seatbelt.
With both recalls, it’s unclear if there have been any affected vehicles, and if it’s been the cause of any crashes or injuries. The brake by wire recall is number A202307260, and the Corvette-specific seatbelt number is N202307690. Owners will be notified soon if their vehicle is affected.
This new C8 Corvette recall is hardly the first the mid engined sports car has dealt with. There have already been two recalls for the infamous “flying frunk” issue, where the front trunk could fly open if not properly closed and block forward visibility. Hopefully these issues are resolved quickly, and GM can get a handle on supplier quality so there are fewer (preferably none) in the future.