General Motors has issued yet another recall over the 2020 Corvette front trunk after several different owners reported the vehicle’s hood opened suddenly while they were driving. The automaker has also issued a stop-sale on the vehicle over the reported issue.
The defect: according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing, if 2020 Corvette 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.” NHTSA had previously received complaints from owners regarding this issue, but GM had yet to address the problem publicly before now.
The hazards: GM says that if the vehicle’s primary and secondary latches are not engaged while driving at speed “the hood could flip open and obstruct the driver’s forward view, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Affected components: front hood, Body Control Module software, interior front trunk release latch.
- 2020 Corvette Coupe
- 2020 Corvette Convertible
Number of affected vehicles: a total of 5,141 vehicles are believed to be affected by this problem.
The fix: GM says it will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to limit vehicle speed to 26 mph when the hood is not completely closed and latched. As we reported previously, the software previously limited the vehicle’s top speed to 82 mph when the trunk was unlatched, but this appears to have been far too high. In addition, the hood release on the key fob will be modified to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent hood release actuation, while the switch and release button located inside the front trunk compartment will be modified to require a longer press-time. The software updates will be available via an over-the-air update. Owners can also schedule an appointment with their dealer to have the updates performed if they do not want to perform the update themselves.
Owners should: as we mentioned above, owners will be able to install the OTA update themselves by accepting the applicable terms and conditions when prompted on the infotainment display. They can also contact Chevrolet customer service using the contact information below or visit my.gm.com/recalls for further information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- Chevrolet recall number: N202311160
- NHTSA campaign number: 20V489
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153