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Are We Looking at Another C8 Corvette Recall?

The Chevy C8 Corvette is facing another recall as of Thursday night. The 2020 C8 has been a highly anticipated car and for good reason. A mid-engined American sports car that looks as good as the C8 does with the Corvette name behind it is enough to get any motorist with a pulse excited. But, the road has not been so smooth for the C8 thus far. 

The C8 Corvette has had already seen one significant delay due to quality issues. The recall for the frunk randomly opening was a big one. But, the reported stop-sale order handed down by GM is now dealing with the braking system. 

The stop-sale order

The 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray by General Motors is unveiled during a news conference
Chevy Corvette C8 | Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Corvette Action Center reports the stop-sale order came down the pipe Thursday night due to an issue with the brake-by-wire mechanism. GM says there is a “material contamination” within the Chevy Corvette C8’s brake boost module. The stop-sale order and recall include the Chevy Trailblazer, Buck Encore, and a few Cadillacs, as reported by Road and Track

This is the memo from GM:

“Material used in a sensor connection in the electronic brake boost system in these vehicles may have been contaminated during the material supplier’s production process. Contamination of this material may cause an interruption of communication between the sensor and the brake boost system under certain conditions.”

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So what exactly is a brake-by-wire system? It is made of a series of sensors that basically tell the brakes how much input is being given to the brake pedal. Somewhere along the line, the connecting materials aren’t consistently delivering the driver’s braking input, requiring the driver to hit the brakes harder than they would normally. Clearly, this is a short road to disaster. 

Just a little longer

Thankfully, GM caught the problem before too many units malfunctioned or were shipped with faulty parts. GM has said they will replace the brake booster free of charge at the dealerships, according to Road and Track. Unlike the frunk recall, this one is the first to require the C8 to actually be brought back to the dealership for service.