The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is an impressive vehicle, but owners face a potentially serious issue with opening the hood at relatively quiet speeds. A new video (embedded below) from a ‘Vette’s performance data logger captures the issue that occurs.
The driver comes out of a parking lot on a street. The person drives normally but at about 43 miles per hour (69 kilometers per hour) the hood opens. The room obscures the visibility of the road. The owner can park safely and close the sign.
There is no audio, but the owner seems very calm about his opening hood. According to YouTube’s description, when the panel unlocked, it damaged the hinges and chipped paint. He took some photos of the aftermath and hit the road.
He must feel pretty confident that the trunk will stay closed and no longer open because the driver is doing over 43 mph for an extended period. The panel does not unlock, however.
General Motors is aware of the problem and is working on a solution. The company released a statement on the matter:
“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. “
As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has nine complaints regarding the 2020 Corvette. Eight of them relate to opening the hood while driving. The most recent incident report dates back to August 3.