2020 Corvette Front Trunk Recall Issued, But Not For Flying Open
Earlier in July, we reported a number of incidents in which the front trunk, or frown, of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette open while moving at certain speeds. There was video of this happening before and earlier today we reported a similar incident that was recorded by a performance data logger from a Corvette. Unfortunately, the latter appears to have been removed by the downloader at the time of writing.
These complaints have been submitted to NHTSA and to date there are eight complaints posted on the NHTSA website, all pointing to the same problem – the frunk opens without warning while the mid-engined sports car moves.
In accordance with that (or not), a reminder was issued by GM for some front trunk safety issues – but it’s not what you expected. As reported by Louisville Chevy Dude, the popular Chevy sales agent known for his Corvette videos, GM’s recall implies that “certain 2020 model year Chevrolet Corvettes do not meet Federal / Canadian Safety Standard S4.1 Motor Vehicle (F / CMVSS) # 401, Inner Trunk Release. “
Apparently, these affected mid-motor Vette units are designed to go into “sleep mode” ten minutes after shutdown. The trunk lid release button located inside the front trunk may not work in this mode, which can be dangerous if a child or small person enters the trunk – then is forgotten.
We have yet to see GM’s official recall announcement on this on the NHTSA website, nor the exact number of 2020 Corvettes affected. But according to Chevy dude, the problem can be solved by lowering the voltage required for the trunk release button to work. This can be done at Chevy dealerships or even at home for those who are capable of over the air wireless technology (OTA).
As for the accidentally opened flying frunk, GM released a previous statement:
“After isolated reports that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s hoods have been inadvertently left open while driving, the engineering team is investigating the potential problem and will work to prevent it from moving forward. We were unable to identify any mechanical issues associated with this situation. We are looking for ways to improve the hood open warnings by increasing the volume of the warning chimes and modifying the message that appears in the DIC. Vehicles already in the field would receive these changes through live updates. “