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C8 Corvette frunks are popping open on the road, and Chevy has an idea why

There’s nothing more challenging than change, and for Corvette disciples, no change to America’s sports car has been greater than the move to a mid-engine platform. As they rack up the miles, many Corvette owners find themselves wondering whether the the mid-engine platform means that everything operates differently—including, it appears, the front trunk. The frunk, as it’s better known, has become something of a sticking point in NHTSA complaints for the new C8 Corvette, with owners reporting that the frunks are blowing open while driving. The common theme is that the owner was driving down the roads at a “prudent” pace, usually on surface streets and not on freeways, when the frunk popped open shortly after departure.

 

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Why is is so hard to believe that GM didn't do a very good job designing so groundbreaking and complicated a concept as a rear-hinged, forward-placed hatch opening? Was this a common problem with the Yugo, or are we to believe Yugo owners are/were simply more intelligent, with better hood-closing skills than the average C8 owner? 

Detailer

Maybe they should have gone with a front-hinged frunk lid if nobody knew how to design a positive latch? There's a lot of other vehicles out there (Chevy and others) whose "front covers" aren't blowing open, hard for me to blame the drivers on this one.

Detailer

I can't imagine the engineering team that built this incredible machine would overlook something like this. I would have to chalk it up to user error.

New Driver

I'll wait until late in the 2022 model year before making the decision on a new Vette. I love my 2019 Grand Sport.IMG_1328.jpg

New Driver

Jim, maybe they should have set the price point $50 higher, or re-used Corvair tooling? 

Detailer

oh yeah, blame the driver like none of us ever learned to close a hood either. GM living up to its reputation. Like Ford blaming Pinto owners for gas tank explosions, oh yeah Ford never did that

 

Intermediate Driver

As the old Corvette adage goes......never purchase the first year of a new Generation!

New Driver

More Money than Brains!!  Check your Car before Driving!!!

Passenger

Jim, you had me at, "clear bra". 😜

Detailer

If GM moves the hinge to the front I wonder who owners will blame when they scratch and ding the top of the fenders putting things in and taking things out of the frunk.  
Maybe they need to add another warning light. 🤔

Intermediate Driver

GM engineers failed to hinge the FRUNK at the front which would have prevented the unexpected opening. Now a recall. https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2020-chevrolet-c8-corvette-recall-frunk-stop-deliveries/?wc_mid=4...

Navigator

Excuse me, but what is a "Frunks" ?

Passenger

I'm guessing that pressure to make the C8 hit a price point meant that several cents were shaved from the minimum viable cost of a plethora of components. 

Intermediate Driver