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Trunk button for rear facing seat passengers?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Trnsl8r, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    I seem to remember seeing mentioned here and there that there is a button inside the trunk that the kids riding in the rear facing seats can press to open the trunk. I feel dumb for asking this, but looking around the trunk I can't find it. Am I imagining things? I do think this would be a very important safety feature.
     
  2. scooterrr

    scooterrr Cogitating vanity plates

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    It's a switch (like for a car window), embedded on the side, reachable by the right arm of the child on the right.
     
  3. XrstalLens

    XrstalLens Model S P1327 VIN P01867

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    You have to bend down and look up to see it - it's kind of hidden underneath the parcel shelf track on the driver's side.

    Also, it behaves just like the window buttons - push to close the hatch, pull to open it. We didn't realize that for a while and the kids were only able to close the hatch until they discovered the "pull".
     
  4. tdiggity

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    Dumb question, but what happens if pressed while driving?
     
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    XrstalLens Model S P1327 VIN P01867

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    My 5-year-old has probably tried it without my knowledge, but I'm pretty sure it only operates while the car is in "Park". I'll confirm it for sure one of these days...
     
  6. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    What would I do without this forum... Thanks everyone. Don't think I ever would have found that on my own...
     
  7. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Confirmed. Car must be in park, or off.
     
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    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    It is also disabled by the child safety lock setting.
     
  9. mknox

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    Interesting. Is that a Tech Package-only thing since only the Tech Package has the power lift gate? I don't have the child seats, but am going to have to go hunting to see if I have that switch!
     
  10. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    There was another thread on this, and I believe (although I could be mistaken) that it required the child seat option.
     
  11. strider

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    Yes. They install the switch as part of the seat install. If you don't have rear seats you won't have the switch. I also "assume" it requires the tech package but since I have that option it didn't occur to me to ask if one didn't have tech.
     
  12. tdiggity

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    With the choices Tesla has made recently, you probably have the auto lift gate. You just don't have the main button to open the hatch that tech package people have. :tongue: :rolleyes:

    Although this reminds me of my last bmw. No button for rear fog lights, but they were there. You had to either make your own button or buy the european button panel.
     

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