Chevrolet Suspends C8 Corvette Stingray Deliveries

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GM is working on a fix for the flying frunk safety issue.

Owners of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray who were lucky enough to receive delivery of the mid-engine sports car before production was cutback discovered a dangerous safety issue last month. Numerous videos have emerged online showing the frunk flying open when driving, blocking the driver's view of the road. This could obviously cause a serious accident. A safety recall relating to a separate issue with the frunk has already been issued, but General Motors has now responded to complaints by issuing a stop delivery order for 2020 Corvette to dealers.

"General Motors has decided to voluntarily recall certain 2020 model-year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles for a potential issue with the vehicle's front trunk lid," General Motors said in a statement.

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"If drivers ignore the vehicle's visual and audible warnings that the front trunk lid is open, they can drive the vehicle in that condition at speed, which could increase the likelihood that the wind force is sufficient to inadvertently flip open the hood."

Since General Motors has reported the issue to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company is legally required to suspend deliveries of the 2020 Corvette until a remedy is installed. General Motors is currently working on a software update that will limit the speed to 26 mph when the hood is not completely closed and latched. Until the update is ready, deliveries of the 2020 Corvette have been halted, so it's going to be a longer wait for some customers who have a 2020 Corvette on order.

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In addition, an on-screen message will be displayed indicating that the top speed has been limited. To reduce the risk of accidentally releasing the hood, the release on the key fob will be modified and the interior door trim switch and release button inside the front trunk will be tweaked to require a longer press-time.

Owners can either apply the software changes in an over-the-air update or schedule an appointment at their local dealer to install the update. However, the timing of the C8 Corvette's recall is unclear since General Motors hasn't finalized the software update yet.

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