Chevy Is Recalling 2020 Corvettes For New Issue With Frunk
Just last month, Corvette C8 owners filed complaints that the front truck (or frunk) was opening while driving. GM and Chevy dealerships both insisted that the unintentional releases must be user error. Now though, an official recall on the 2020 Corvette has been issued.
According to the NHTSA recall notice, General Motors has decided that certain 2020 model year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles fail to conform to S4.1 of Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (F/CMVSS) No. 401, “Interior Trunk Release.” These vehicles are designed to enter a low-power “sleep” mode ten minutes after powering off. The trunk lid release button located inside the front trunk compartment may not function while the vehicle is in this sleep mode, as required by FMVSS 401.
Basically, the problem is that the frunks may not open when they’re supposed to, specifically when a person trapped inside is trying to get out. If that doesn’t warrant a recall, we’re not sure what does.
If the trunk lid is left open, a person who climbs inside the front trunk compartment and closes the trunk lid while inside may not be able to get out without assistance, increasing the risk of injury.
To fix the issue, GM will update the software in the vehicles’ Body Control Module (BCM) to lower the voltage required to wake the vehicle from the low power “sleep” mode which will allow the interior trunk release button to function while the vehicle is in that mode.
Owners who have accepted applicable terms and conditions will be able to accept these software changes using wireless over-the-air (OTA) technology without having to bring their vehicle to a dealership. Owners who have not done so may schedule to have the updates performed at a GM dealer.