Last week we brought you the story of owners of the new 2020 Corvette Stingray having their frunk’s hood opening during driving and with two incident reports now filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chevrolet appears to be taking the issue seriously. Today, we have an update with an official statement to share from a Chevrolet spokesperson.
As we discussed in our initial post which has since been featured on the top automotive websites, owners reported driving when without warning, their front hood would suddenly unlatch and open, blocking the view of the road ahead. One of these incidents was even captured by an owner’s Performance Data Recorder. With the driver going just 30 mph, the hood suddenly flies open and if you turn up the volume during video playback, it sounds like you can hear the sound of the latch opening:
Even at low speeds, some owners are reporting damage after the incident with frunk’s rear hinges being sprung backward and damaging the surrounding paint.
Here is the first statement on the issue from a Chevrolet spokesperson:
“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 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.”
We do note that Chevrolet still believes the problem to be user error with the “hoods being inadvertently left open” while being driven. However, our testing of the system on a 2020 Corvette showed the large red warning on the DIC when the car was in Park, and an audible warning is heard when the car in is Drive. While in Drive, neither the fob or the hatch release button on the door panel could be activated to open the frunk’s lid.
In the statement, Chevrolet says they haven’t been able to identify any mechanical issues related to the situation. We’d like to see engineers and service personnel reach out of any of the owners reporting the issue on the Forums to perform a diagnostic test on their frunck’s latching and warning system as a way to rule out driver error.
We also note that some owners are resorting to pulling the fuse (#18) that activates the frunck’s latching system while others are going a step further to attach bungee cords to keep the lid from opening fully. Until Chevrolet is able to determine what exactly is causing this issue, we know for many owners they will be thinking about this happening to them every time they get behind the wheel.
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