Chevrolet will remember the 2020 Corvette to solve the problem of opening the front hood of the mid-engined sports car on the road. The company’s solution will be to release an over-the-air software update that will limit the vehicle’s speed to 26 miles per hour (42 kilometers per hour), if the system detects that the panel is not locked.
General Motors spokesman Daniel Flores said Motor1.com that this recall concerns 6,661 copies of the 2020 Corvette. This will also lead to a halt in the sale to repair certain Corvettes that have not yet been delivered to customers.
It is not yet clear when to start recall repairs. “Our engineers are working around the clock to finalize the software update,” Flores told Motor1.com
According to GM’s fault report, drivers can ignore visual and audible warnings indicating that the front trunk lid is open. At a high enough speed, the panel can open, obscuring the driver’s vision.
The over-the-air software update will also change the way the key fob operates to “reduce the likelihood of inadvertent hood release actuations,” according to GM’s recall statement. Similar changes will be made to the interior door trim switch and unlock button located inside the front trunk compartment to require a longer press time.
Of the 11 complaints filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the 2020 Corvette, 10 concern the inadvertent opening of the hood. There were even videos capturing the incidents that took place. GM began investigating the cause of the problem in July.
Chevy has previously recalled the 2020 Corvette for a hood issue, albeit for a very strange reason. The company found that the compartment release button stopped working ten minutes after shutting down the engine. After that point, if a person climbed into that storage area and closed the lid, there was no way to release the panel to escape. The fix was to make the unlock button work all the time.