Yesterday we detailed another instance of the C8 Corvette’s frunk opening while the car was in motion. This was caught on the PDR video with the car going approximately 43 mph when the hood sprung open. There are currently seven complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the Frunk opening suddenly and owners are waiting to hear about a resolution.
Also yesterday, we began hearing of an automatic update being sent out to C8 Corvette owners that detailed a fix for the Frunk, but from the description, it doesn’t sound like it fixes the flying-lid issue at all. We reached out to Chevrolet for clarification and a spokesperson provided the following statement:
General Motors has decided to voluntarily recall certain 2020 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles because they fail to conform to a certain FMVSS related to the 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.
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. This 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 have the opportunity to accept these software changes using wireless over-the-air (OTA) technology without having to bring their vehicle to a dealership. Alternatively, owners may schedule to have the updates performed at a GM dealer.
A Corvette Forum member named “benplace” filmed his update and from that, we have these screenshots detailing the update:
So the speculation is that while investigating the frunk opening issue, Corvette engineers found that the escape button inside doesn’t function after it goes into low-power mode. So if a child was playing in the garage and somehow became locked in the frunk, the release button would fail to work in the low-power mode.
While some enthusiasts believe that this update is a covert way to fix the Frunk-opening issue without GM admitting fault, I’d like to believe they wouldn’t/couldn’t/shouldn’t do that with all the publicity that the issue has generated for their Halo car. You want owners to feel safe because a problem was fixed, not sweep it under the rug and hope everyone forgets about it.
In the meantime, we’ll keep watch for any further statements, updates, or other offerings that lead to a resolution of the flying-lid issue.
It’s not the most exciting video, but here is the full video from “benplace” showing his C8 Corvette updating:
[VIDEO] PDR Captures Another 2020 Corvette’s Frunk Opens While Driving
General Motors Responds to Issue of the 2020 Corvette’s Frunk Opening While Driving
[VIDEO] The NHTSA Has Complaints of the 2020 Corvette’s Frunk Opening While Driving