Owners May Have Solved C8 Corvette's Dangerous Frunk Problem

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But what does GM have to say?

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray remains one of the most talked-about cars on the market. Despite production delays caused by a UAW strike and now the coronavirus pandemic, owners are finally receiving their mid-engined high-performance machines. As is sometimes the case for first model year vehicles, there have been some cosmetic quality issues but nothing too severe.

However, earlier this month, there were reports of the hood/frunk lid suddenly opening while driving. Obviously this can be extremely dangerous because it blocks the driver's view of the road. Turns out this issue dates back to last April when the NHTSA first received owner complaints.

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For its part, General Motors recently issued a statement on the matter:

"After isolated reports of 2020 Chevrolet Corvette hoods being inadvertently left open while being driven, the engineering team is investigating the potential issue and will be working to prevent them moving forward. We have not been able to identify any mechanical issues related to this situation. We're looking at ways we can improve warnings of the hood being open by increasing the volume of warning chimes and changing the messaging that appears in the DIC. Vehicles already in the field would receive these changes through over-the-air updates."

While it's good GM is taking this issue seriously, some C8 owners might have figured out the cause on their own. There's currently a highly detailed discussion on the MidEngineCorvetteForum focusing on key fobs, specifically whether or not sitting on them while in the driver's pocket could trigger the hood.

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Several owners tried activating the frunk with the fob in their pockets while driving and it didn't open. Opening the frunk with the fob can only be done when the car is in park, or at least that's how it should work. As both owners and GM engineers continue to investigate the cause of the problem, one emerging theory that happens to fit the facts is a potential defect with the sensor switch inside the frunk.

For what it's worth, there haven't been any reports of the rear hatch suddenly opening while driving, so at least the problem is contained to the trunk.

The bottom line is that C8 owners could be unintentionally activating the frunk with pocketed key fobs even though the system was designed to prevent this. If this is the case then it shouldn't be too difficult to fix. But until GM makes an announcement, the key fob/sensor explanation remains just a theory.

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Source Credits: MidEngineCorvetteForum

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