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2020 Corvette recalled for front trunk that can pop open unexpectedly



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Detroit Free Press

Having a front trunk lid on your car unexpectedly pop open while driving could be a problem.

Thus, 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes are being recalled.

The hot-selling vehicles need to be fixed because they can be driven with the front trunk lid unlatched, which could open when the vehicle is moving, block the driver’s view and create a crash risk.

General Motors has issued a recall notice for 7,071 cars for this potential problem. They were all built prior to Aug.14.

Visual and audible warnings do go off when the “frunk” threat exists but it still may be driven, which “could increase the likelihood that the wind force is sufficient to inadvertently flip open the hood,” GM said in a statement.

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The company will notify owners, and dealers will update at no cost the software in the vehicle’s Body Control Module to limit the vehicle speed to 26 mph when the hood is not completely closed and latched, GM said.

The operation of the hood release on the key fob will be modified, and the release button located inside the front trunk compartment will also be modified to require a longer press-time.

“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,” said spokesman Dan Flores. “Alternatively, owners may schedule service at a GM dealer to receive these software updates.”

Hot seller

In mid-June, the company said it would be unable to fill all the orders for its 2020 Stingray with a base price of $59,995. The surge in demand combined with the factory shutdown related to COVID-19 proved overwhelming.

The 2021 Corvette, which goes on sale late in the fourth quarter, will start at $59,995, which is the same price as the 2020 model.

The vehicles are built at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant.   

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