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getting hand caught while door handle retracts ?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by bellwilliam, May 20, 2013.

  1. bellwilliam

    bellwilliam Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    I have gotten my hand almost caught while door handle was retracting. I said "almost", so my hand cleared pretty fast, that I didn't know how much pressure it puts on the hand.

    I have 2 little kids, so just wondering what the force of door handle motors are ? or if anybody have gotten their hands caught in it, and if it hurts or not ?
  2. Banahogg

    Banahogg Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    San Jose, CA
  3. Plug Me In

    Plug Me In Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I tried a search on youtube but couldn't find it. There's a video of a someone's 2 year old getting a finger pinched by the handle (on purpose) and smiling the whole time. It's happened to me a couple of times and it's alarming but doesn't hurt.

    Edit: Ahh you found it!
  4. dbfish

    dbfish Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    #4 dbfish, May 20, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 13, 2016
    Kid tested.... video:

  5. dadaleus

    dadaleus 4GETOIL P85#S70,FdrX,S85D

    Aug 27, 2009
    Solana Beach, California, United States
    If you're just talking your hand being in the normal place to open the door, it is on a spring. Very little pressure is required to stop the handle from retracting. It can't hurt you at all, even a little kid. Try it! My 8-year-old loves to show that feature off.

    The one caveat I must make is that my son once pinched his fingers. I think the sequence was he quickly got his hand in while the door was only partway presented and managed to get his finders inside the door a bit. There's a back plate that is flush with the door when the handle is presented, but while it's only part way out you can actually get down into the door between the back plate and the outside of the door. The handle finished presenting and actually pinched his finger causing many tears. After 21k miles this only happened once and I think it is only possible with some very quick movement and serious goofing around.


    Ah, others already replied while I entered the above post.
  6. strider

    strider Active Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    NE Oklahoma
    Just to add my $0.02, my 2-year old had the handles retract on him while we were washing the car one day. While he did cry, it was a cry of surprise, not pain. For you non-parents, yes there is a difference. You can tell when they're crying for attention or if they're actually hurt. So I have no reservations at all about the handles.

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