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Creating a warning label not to slam the frunk?

Model S

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Sep 7, 2010
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So as I picked up the car from the valet yesterday, I noticed that the valet accidentally opened the frunk with the FOB - an understandable error. However, I saw him opening it up and getting ready to slam it down, at which point I had to scream "STOP," ran over, and told him that it should be gently lowered and then to press down with both hands to lock it. I could have easily missed it, and it got me thinking to creating / printing a label - or a letter sized laminated page to drop in the frunk - to alert such indivuals of the proper procedure to close the frunk.

Has anyone gone through this? Any suggestion, recommendation (wording, etc) or other thoughts?

Question also posted on company website forums.
 

Lloyd

Well-Known Member
Jan 12, 2011
6,287
2,088
San Luis Obispo, CA
So as I picked up the car from the valet yesterday, I noticed that the valet accidentally opened the frunk with the FOB - an understandable error. However, I saw him opening it up and getting ready to slam it down, at which point I had to scream "STOP," ran over, and told him that it should be gently lowered and then to press down with both hands to lock it. I could have easily missed it, and it got me thinking to creating / printing a label - or a letter sized laminated page to drop in the frunk - to alert such indivuals of the proper procedure to close the frunk.

Has anyone gone through this? Any suggestion, recommendation (wording, etc) or other thoughts?

Question also posted on company website forums.

Proper operation and closing of the Frunk should be labeled by the Factory IMO.
 

Model S

Member
Sep 7, 2010
16
0
If the frunk did get slammed down and you hadn't caught him in time, what would have happened? A dent or something?

When I took delivery of the car, the DS was very specific about not slamming it. He explained that it was somewhat more fragile than most other "hoods" because it is made out of aluminum and thus is more pliable. Not sure whether it would bend, get dented, or what, but I'm not taking any chances :eek:
 

ElSupreme

Model S 03182
Jan 13, 2012
4,303
92
Atlanta, GA
I thought the 'no slamming' was because the hood wouldn't close that way. The hood is too light, because it is Aluminum, to fully engage both latches. You would be opening and closing all day without any real progress. Other than wearing out the latches and hinges a lot.

I could be wrong though.
 

Model S

Member
Sep 7, 2010
16
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I thought the 'no slamming' was because the hood wouldn't close that way. The hood is too light, because it is Aluminum, to fully engage both latches. You would be opening and closing all day without any real progress. Other than wearing out the latches and hinges a lot.

I could be wrong though.

That would make sense too. DS and I didn't really get into it..
 

fiksegts

Active Member
Jan 6, 2013
1,283
1,186
Miami
they told me this at delivery to, not to slam it down.... said it could bend...

The frunk should open/close like the rear hatch (motorized)... espcially since it's treated as storage comparment, it's not like a hood of a normal car with the motor up front that is hardly ever opened..

every time you close it you'll end up with handprints all over car....
 

tdiggity

Member
Oct 3, 2012
725
4
Bay Area, CA
A great enhancement request would be that you cannot open the frunk with the keyfob. If you could only open it via the touchscreen, then you could put up instructions about how to properly close it.

On that note - Can you open the frunk w/ the touchscreen? If so, I could see myself opening up the keyfob and disabling the frunk button...
 

fiksegts

Active Member
Jan 6, 2013
1,283
1,186
Miami
yes, you can open the frunk from the touchscreen... there is also a manual release lever in the glove box...


A great enhancement request would be that you cannot open the frunk with the keyfob. If you could only open it via the touchscreen, then you could put up instructions about how to properly close it.

On that note - Can you open the frunk w/ the touchscreen? If so, I could see myself opening up the keyfob and disabling the frunk button...
 
Here's how to solve that problem:

Never let a Valet drive your car. If you MUST use valet parking, have the Valet sit in the passenger seat and tell you where to drive it to then ride back with them or walk back with them. Reverse this when getting the car out of the valet lot.

The reason I say this is because I think a sign is highly unlikely to make any difference. People have the habit of slamming hoods without thinking about it. I doubt he would have noticed the sign at all had it been there. You are probably better off telling every valet verbally that if they slam your hood you will hold them accountable for any damages--would likely be a much more effective deterrant to hood slamming.

What Tesla should do though, is have a valet mode where it is not possible to pop the frunk at all before a PIN is entered on the touchscreen, amongst other features to safeguard your car and its contents.

Just some thoughts.

Cheers
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,279
153
Nevada
There is no valet mode for the Model S (yet). There was for the Roadster so would think they will add it later.
 

herbvdh

Member
Jan 31, 2010
207
2
"Never let a valet drive your car" I had one valet fail to turn off vehicle while I am at a dinner affair, because he could not figure out how to remove the key. (Prius) Why could they not come and get me is beyond me. The last valet I asked to park myself was told it is a walk back. So I let them park my RX400h ok so far so good, when he brings it back he backed it up over a curb into the shrubbery. Thankfully no damage or I would have filed charges against him. Though most valet services have spots for people to park themselves. One time I told a valet I had a fire call with mass evacuations so he told park straight ahead.
 

kendallpb

Model S: P 8061
Oct 29, 2010
1,251
53
MD, USA
Gah, what Tesla needs to do is not make the frunk lid quite so fragile, please. Sheesh, first time I'm wary for closing any opening on a car because just the act of closing it might dent (!) it. I don't care what it's made out of. It's not just valets (or myself!) I need to worry about when the car comes--friends, relatives, large hail stones, etc. ;-)
 

stopcrazypp

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Dec 8, 2007
10,275
5,189
The problem is probably made worse because I think most people are used to slamming their hoods since most hood latches work that way (as opposed to closing their trunk which tends to be a lighter action).
 

4sevens.com

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Aug 20, 2012
418
29
it would be awesome if the frunk could be "locked" so the remote can't open it... or even perhaps put a passcode on it... then you can store your valuables in the frunk!!
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,868
Toronto, ON
What Tesla should do though, is have a valet mode where it is not possible to pop the frunk at all before a PIN is entered on the touchscreen, amongst other features to safeguard your car and its contents.

That is an excellent idea! Years ago, cars used to use one key for doors and ignition and another for glove box and trunk. You could give the valet one key to get in and drive the car, but he couldn't get in to your trunk or glove box. That seems like it would be super easy to implement in software.
 

FredTMC

Model S VIN #4925
Dec 26, 2012
3,492
3,745
Orange County CA
That is an excellent idea! Years ago, cars used to use one key for doors and ignition and another for glove box and trunk. You could give the valet one key to get in and drive the car, but he couldn't get in to your trunk or glove box. That seems like it would be super easy to implement in software.

I agree 100%. Frunk could be a great place to store any valuables while away from car (briefcase, notebook, etc). Completely out of sight too
 

markb1

Active Member
Feb 17, 2012
3,052
659
San Diego, CA
That is an excellent idea! Years ago, cars used to use one key for doors and ignition and another for glove box and trunk. You could give the valet one key to get in and drive the car, but he couldn't get in to your trunk or glove box. That seems like it would be super easy to implement in software.

Except there's a manual release lever for the frunk underneath the glove box. So a software update would not be able to keep your frunk contents secure.
 

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