The C8 Vette’s hood flies open when not fully latched.
GM will update the software and modify the key fob.
One fix will be to limit the car’s speed to 26 mph if the hood is not fully closed.
We’ve reported on this issue in the very recent past and at the time, the reason as to why this was happening seemed unclear. For the most part, C8 Chevy Corvette owners would briefly notice a warning chime that would go away once driving.
GM has put together a “repair” as outlined in the recall but it has nothing to do with the actual latching mechanism. In fact, it clearly illustrates the situation as a driver error. The recall’s title is: “Drivers May Overlook Open Hood Alerts”. As well, the description says the following: “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.” The Corvette owner seems at fault…
The solution, or rather the update, to attempt to stop hoods from flying open will involve GM updating the vehicles’ Body Control Module (BCM) to limit vehicle speed to 26 mph with a message in the IP saying that speed will be limited as long as the hood is not fully closed. As well, the key fob’s hood release operation will be modified to reduce the likelihood of accidental hood openings. These software updates will be completed using wireless over-the-air (OTA) technology or by making an appointment with a dealership.