Over the course of the last month, we’ve been hearing from owners about their 2020 Corvette’s Frunk opening suddenly while driving. At last count, there were eight complaints made about it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and there have even been a couple videos that caught the flying frunks in action via the car’s Performance Data Recorder. These were no doubt scary situations but luckily it appears in all cases that the drivers were able to pull over without incident to shut the lids.
Even though our initial thoughts were that something mechanically was happening that allows the frunks to open, we’ve since come around to the same conclusion as Chevrolet’s engineers in that it stems from owner’s inadvertently leaving their frunk hoods unlatched, or not completely closing them correctly.
What we have found lacking is the visual and audible warning systems on the car to alert drivers that their frunks are opening, with the visual message showing your speed is limited to 82 mph when the frunk is not latched securely. As most of the flying frunk incidents happened at lower speeds, this visual warning doesn’t convey a sense of urgency to the driver.
We know that Chevrolet has been taking a hard look at the frunk and the car’s warning systems. This afternoon, owners of the 2020 Corvette are being notified of the recall for the frunk lid that addresses the visual warning on the driver’s information center (DIC) while also making it harder to inadvertently open the frunk through the interior release button as well as the release button on the key fob. In addition, the vehicle’s speed will now be limited to 26 mph if the system detects the hood is not completely closed.
Here is an official statement we received from a Chevrolet spokesperson late this afternoon:
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.
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.
GM is finalizing a software repair for the vehicles’ Body Control Module (BCM) to limit vehicle speed to 26 mph when the hood is not completely closed and latched. The software update will also provide a driver information center message indicating that the top speed is limited to 26 mph. In addition, the operation of the hood release on the key fob will be modified to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent hood release actuations. The interior door trim switch and release button located inside the front trunk compartment are also modified to require a longer press-time.
The owner of a 2020 Corvette sent me a copy of the Recall Notice he received from MyChevrolet.com. Luckily, owners will be able to apply the update to their Corvettes via the wireless updates from their garage:
While the new recall address the frunk visual warnings as well as making it slightly harder to open, we note that the audible warnings inside the cabin should either be louder, or it should take precedent over the radio volume the same way that that incoming calls are handled in that the radio volume is immediately silenced.
Still, we are heartened to see a “flying frunk” update available that most importantly makes it much harder to reach the kinds of speeds that we’ve seen that allows the lids to catch wind and open. And it’s instances like this recall that we can also appreciate the C8 Corvette’s ability to update itself over the air without having to schedule a time with your dealer’s service department.
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