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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,702 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 252009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 4,000 miles


No high beam head lights. Fuse did not blow, bulbs checked and are good, but will not light. Had checked, and found short in wiring harness and fuse box. Dealer will not repair.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #13

Jan 012010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I am writing you regarding a serious safety concern regarding my 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. For many months now I have had a "service traction control light? appear on the driver information center (dic) screen. While the warning is displayed, my traction control system becomes disabled as is evidenced by the icon showing the vehicle skidding. I have been returning my vehicle to two separate Chevrolet dealers for service, but no matter what they do, the problem keeps returning. Right now I can't drive my vehicle for more than a few miles before the problem occurs. This is a serious safety concern, because I'm afraid that I am going to lose control of the car. I have a full General Motors warranty on the vehicle, so this is not a matter of my not being covered for the necessary repairs. Please help.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 112014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I and other Corvette owners are having the same issue as the most recent recall of other GM models. My brake lights will constantly be on. The active handling warning light will continue to show on dash and cruise control will disengaged and reengage on its own. The fix seems to be replacing the body control module. I have replaced the brake sensor and that did not fix the issue. After reading blogs I located other Corvette owners experiencing the same issues as I. ------ ------ I recently contacted GM and expressed my concern as I believe the C6 Corvette should have been included in the recall. My car has spent weeks at autonation Chevrolet in alpharetta, ga until I took it back from them and brought it to a Corvette dealer in atlanta, ga to replace the BCM and hope to fix the issue for now.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #11

Nov 302013


  • 7,438 miles


Traveling at 45mph, right rear brake applied. Car veered to right and stability control light came on dic. Returned car to dealer, who had car for 20 days. Replaced ebcm, steering sensor, traction control switch, cleaned grounds and checked all connections. Car was delivered 100 miles to me with no problems. Car sat in garage for 7 days.on 12/27/2013 drove car approximately 7 miles. At 70 mph on interstate left rear brake applied jerking car to left. This is a 2008 Corvette with 7500 miles. This sounds like a common problem that GM should find a cure for before lawsuits begin. Very dangerous at highway speeds.

- Weston, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 142013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 58,855 miles
My 2008 Chevrolet Corvette just started a new issue that your dept is currently investigating. The "service active handling" came up on the display and the front right brake locked up for a few seconds at highway speed. After pulling over, a concerned driver behind me said that my brake lights had been and still are illuminated the whole time she was behind me (at least 5 miles) and do not go off until I turn the car off. I bought this car the end of March at mall Chevrolet in cherry hill NJ, and my primary local Chevrolet dealer is reedman-toll in langhorne pa. There is nothing listed in the carfax or autocheck history for any recall work done or even any open recalls. This is obviously a quite common issue with serious safety repercussions. I am an active member of the Corvette forums and this is a topic that has been talked about in numerous threads: if you do a search of the forums you will find many more of the same issues with the same cars. Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convienance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 302012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 53,924 miles
At various speeds, the computer display panel reads, "service active handling system" accompanied by a swerving car icon and an alerting ding sound. The message comes on periodically, lasting up to 15 or 20 minutes at a time, then shutting off. Sometimes upon starting the engine the message will appear and other times the message will be off for days at a time. It always reappears. Over the years the brake light switch and brake sensors have been replaced (4/18/11; 10/8/11; 12/4/12) as well as replacement of the fob (12/18/12). Although this display message has appeared numerous times over the years, the most recent occurrences are as follows: 5/1/13; 4/30/13; 4/25/13; 3/28/13; 10/30/12. Two Chevrolet dealerships have been unable to resolve this malfunction to date (5/2/13). Since 10/30/12, this car has been seen six times for the same problem at two different Chevrolet dealerships. There was a recall in 2005 for this problem: "steering recall 2005-2006" "... in rare cases, repeated movement of the steering column may cause a signal interruption within the column. If this occurs, the message, "service active handling system" will appear... and one or more of the brakes may apply...". there have also been display messages on my car reading, "press brake to start engine", so this problem, in my mind, is related to the "active handling system" issue.

- Brentwood, Ca 94513, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 132012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


Steering jerked, brakes applied for a second, cruise control turned off, no brake lights, and service active handling message appeared. Happend more than once.

- Gurley, AL, USA

problem #7

Jun 202012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Service active handling system flashed on display and the active handling was automatically disengaged. This has now happened multiple times.

- Skippack, PA, USA

problem #6

May 142012


  • 13,342 miles
My service active handling system warning came on abruptly. This the second time this happened in the last 2 years. The first incident was handled by my local dealer. Supposedly, it was a tsb which required replacing a clip at an electrical coupling. This was reportedly the solution to this problem. This most recent incident occurred 500 miles from home and has me worried that a serious malfunction of my braking system may occur. I do have an appointment for service on June 4 2012 for this recurring issue. There have been reports of abrupt and inadvertant braking occurring at highway speeds with loss of vehicle control. Help would be appreciated. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- West Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012011


  • 20,500 miles
I have a 2008 Corvette coupe, base model with approximately 21,000 miles that I purchased new in April 2008. Recently on five different occasions I have had the following issues: 1) twice while going slow and turning, the "traction system active" message came on and the car / brakes stuttered. 2) this also happened twice while going slow and not turning. 3) once while going slow, the "active handling system" message came on with the same results as above. At all times the roads were dry, flat and normal paved roads. The car has now been brought to the dealer twice with no resolution. They said the car gave off no codes and they could not duplicate the problem. It is an intermittent problem so they cannot duplicate at will. My concern is that this will activate when I am driving faster, putting me in a dangerous situation.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 022011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 15,745 miles


While driving on a private road, the electronic stability control malfunctioned causing the car to first veer to the right and then immediately to the left, impacting a guard rail.

- Stanfield, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 082011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 32,523 miles
Left rear brake was applied when driving over 60 mph causing car to slow down and slide to the left. Active handling on showed on dash of my 2008 Corvette.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 202008


  • 8,500 miles
I was driving my 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at about 90mph in straight line when the active handling system engaged for no reason and hooked me hard right, crashing into a concrete barrier. The "service active handling, " "service traction control" and "service ABS" error messages had been appearing on my dashboard all day previous to the incident.

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 212008


  • 11,000 miles
After researching and reading other incidents, I believe the active handling on my 2008 Corvette Z06 caused me to crash. Researching this, I found the steering wheel positioning sensor malfunctions and locks up one of the front brakes. The car is at the body shop as of now. I plan on looking at this sensor after the holidays. Any advice or information would be appreciated.

- Highland Village, TX, USA

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