• GM Blames Drivers for the 2020 C8 Corvette’s Frunk Problem

Since GM is so known for reliability, the problem must be the driver, right?

Earlier this month I told you about the C8 Corvette’s frunk problem – basically a situation where the frunk, despite being properly latched, would fly open at speed, damaging the car and putting the driver at risk. At the time, every reported incident was pretty clear that there were no visual or audio warnings that the frunk was open. Now, GM is basically saying that it comes down to driver error and that it cannot identify any mechanical issues.

GM Implies that Drivers are at Fault for C8 Corvette Frunks Opening at Random

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Has a Frunk Problem
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GM cars are like the most reliable in the world. Best cars in the world, right? So, we should definitely believe that all the drivers reporting an issue with the C8’s frunk opening, without warning of any kind, are simply trying to pass off blame on Chevy. Well, I don’t necessarily believe that, but the guys over at MidEngineCorvetteForum.com finally heard back from GM on the problem, and that’s basically what they imply:

”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.”

I guess you can do with that what you will, but I would certainly be double-checking the frunk each time you drive. I find it hard to believe that this would be more than one or two isolated incidents if it really was a driver at fault. It’s not like the C8 has been perfect since launch. There have been a number of reports ranging from missing body panel screws, to crooked stitching and even ergonomics issues. Then again, you’re getting what is, essentially, a supercar for relatively low cost. You know what the say – you always get what you pay for.

GM Blames Drivers for the 2020 C8 Corvette's Frunk Problem Exterior
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Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995

Source: MidEngineCorvetteForum.com

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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