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Frunk latch open mid-drive

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by tpatana, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. tpatana

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    I guess I should write here also what happened today. Potentially dangerous situation:

    Just had interesting experience. I had a carry-on luggage in frunk, and after driving about half mile, while braking the car gave big alert that the frunk latch is open and I should stop driving.

    I pulled over as soon as it was safe. Upon inspecting, the luggage had slid inside the frunk and the handle hit the release button.

    Luckily I wasn't driving too fast.

    Anyone else had similar happen to them?



    As I was assuming and what people were commenting on the thread, it's law to have release inside. However, the placement and style makes it potentially dangerous. Maybe make it pull instead of push, so looks similar like the coat hangers inside the car. Or place flip-up cover on the button like you see on top of fighter pilot sticks for shooting stuff (at least in the movies). Those would prevent any objects sliding around and hitting the button.
     
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  2. Peteski

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    I wonder if this is the same in a S and X?
     
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    Yes, it's regulated only in the US to have a release inside the car. If you are in certain parts of Europe, there is no interior release.
     
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    Yes, but is it the same type of switch as used in the Model 3 and in a vulnerable position to be accidentally triggered by luggage? I should go and take a look, but I rarely use the trunk in my X
     
  5. eSpiritIV

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    Any pictures? You should post a Twitter to Elon and also submit a "feature request" from your car. They take these kind of things serious if its a known problem
     
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    That does seem to be a bit of a design flaw.

    I do like that your post had a problem, cause and solution all in one!

    Personally I'm not a fan of fingerprints on the hood so I haven't used the frunk much.
     
  8. richrootes

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    Provided it doesn’t throw an error code, I’d disconnect the wires to the back of the switch
     
  9. tpatana

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    I don't have twitter :p Do you have his email?

    I can stage it for picture.
     
  10. tpatana

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    I'm System test engineer (for RF/wireless). Can't help it :D
     
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  11. tpatana

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    Looks like I lied, I do have twitter account. Never posted anything though. There were couple auto-posted items from some promotions. Latest one was only 4+ years old :)

    I guess I can try tweeting this. Was it @ElonMusk or something?
     
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    Most designs appear to be a pull-thing or a lever-thing, neither of which is nearly as subject to accidental actuation. Agree: design improvement needed.

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