The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette recently received a recall to fix the issue with its steering wheel frunk open on the road. The C8 supports live updates, so owners don’t have to worry about going to the dealership to get the fix. In a new video to get the message across, Vette’s chief engineer Tadge Juechter shows exactly what’s different in fixing the problem.
Previously, opening the frunk from the keychain required a double press of a button. Chevy believes the accidental opening of the panel is related to people doing it accidentally. For example, if the key fob is in someone’s pocket, it is possible to inadvertently press the button.
Chevy’s software update changes the way owners open up the frunk. Now the remote requires pressing the button, releasing it, and then holding it for the panel to appear.
Juechter doesn’t address it in this video, but the live update also limits the Corvette’s speed to 26 miles per hour (42 kilometers per hour), if the system detects that the frill is not locked. There is also a change to the interior button so that it requires a longer press to open the panel.
The recall affects 6,661 units of the 2020 Corvette, according to General Motors. There is also a sell-off in effect until vehicles delivered to dealerships obtain this repair.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists numerous owner complaints about C8 frunk that arises while driving. There are also videos of what is going on. In July, GM released a statement that it was investigating the cause of the problem.
Chevy has previously recalled the 2020 Corvette for a strange issue with the frunk. It was against federal rules, as a person inside could not get out in certain situations. Admittedly, the space is so small that a person would need to be a contortionist for this to be a problem.