The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received two complaints from C8 Corvette owners alleging the sports car’s hood, or “frunk”, opened while the vehicle was in motion.
As first reported by Corvette Blogger, NHTSA has only received two complaints regarding the C8 Corvette thus far and both pertain to the hood opening while driving. One of the complaints said the hood popped open as they were driving along at roughly 25-30 mph, which caused damage to the hood hinges and front fenders.
“I turned onto the main road (a US-designated HWY) and accelerated,” the complaint said. “When I reached a speed of approximately 25 to 30 mph, the front hood (also called a frunk), flew up and completely blocked my vision of the roadway. “I was able to successfully brake and pull to the shoulder of the highway without further incident.”
“The ‘frunk’ hood completely blocked my vision of the roadway and damage was done to the hinges, hood and fender on the driver’s side,” the person added.
The person who filed the second complaint recalled a similar experience and also said the problem was due to the lack of a secondary hand-operated latch.
“They failed to engineer the appropriate safety latch features into the hood that would prevent this from happening,” the person said. “Hoods are required to have a secondary latch that must be physically operated to open completely.”
All previous Corvette models were hinged at the front and opened forward, leaving very little possibility that the hood would open while the vehicle is in motion. The C8 Corvette, by comparison, is hinged in a more traditional spot near the windshield on either side in order to provide easier access to the front storage area. Corvette engineers may not have designed a robust enough front latch, or some vehicles may be defective, but it’s difficult to say without a full NHTSA investigation.
A YouTuber also uploaded a video showing the hood on their C8 Corvette opening while driving. Similar to the NHTSA complaint, the hood opens at relatively low speed. The YouTube user also said this incident caused “a fair amount of damage,” including to the hinges and hinge attachment points, along with paint scratches on the hood and on both fenders. They said there was no warning before this happened and no audible alarm to warn them that the hood had popped loose.
Check out the video below and feel free to share any personal experiences with the C8 Corvette’s hood opening in the comments.