I don’t have a Gen 2 but it’s a safety requirement to have the glowing pull handle in the trunk.Thier is not a saftey latch but an alternate way of opening the lock manually just remove the plastic plug and thier is a square drive that you can turn in counter clock wise and this will open the lock manually that you can just replace the lock actuator when you finally have the hatch open...
1. Put down rear seats
2. Go towards the rear of door and in the center bottom you will see a round plastic plug
3. Remove plastic plug
4.the drive is square I did not have this tool but I instead used a 5/16 allen tool, stick it in the whole and turn counter clock wise this should open the latch
If it doesn’t have that’s actually a big no no. Like national recall worthy.