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Why no panic bar/handle option?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Nigel Tufnel, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. Nigel Tufnel

    Nigel Tufnel Member

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    Shouldn't there be stock panic handles, at least as an option? Does anyone know of an aftermarket option? Does everyone know about this but me?
     
  2. Pete90D

    Pete90D Fan of Red Lights

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    When people get in my car they comment on the lack of them especially with the acceleration. I don't know of an aftermarket option and I'm not sure how one could really be made given the design. Maybe you could rig a bar somehow, but I'd think you would put the headliner at risk.
     
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    Yes this has been discussed before. Apparently Tesla felt they were unnecessary. And I agree. The seat be,t/shoulder belt will hold you in place even during a Ludicrous Mode launch. [emoji3]
     
  4. Pete90D

    Pete90D Fan of Red Lights

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    I tell people to hug themselves if they get scared :) jk

    In addition to the normal handle up top, one person referenced the lack of a handle on the dash (seen in some vehicles). I didn't think about it at the time, but now I'm thinking, when in the heck will they be that close to the dash with L-mode enabled :)
     
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    I think the 'Oh $*&%' handles should be standard equipment. Not just because some people like to go around corners and not simply launch off lights :cool:, but because the handles are also helpful to get people in and out. Before my father passed, I'd go to the care home on a Sunday afternoon to take him for a drive. He was weak and I'd pretty much have to lift him into the car. He was always reaching for the typical handle to help me get him in and out... but of course, it wasn't there.

    Yeah, it's a fairly small item in the scheme of things, but it's still one with value.
     
  6. Nigel Tufnel

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    Some prior discussion: Aftermarket grab handle modification | Forums | Tesla Motors
     
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    Agree one is needed. Also a hook to hang my coat would be nice
     
  8. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    The ones along the top can become missiles if the side curtain air bags go off. A coworker had this happen. Fortunately, his kids weren't in the bac or it would have been ugly. It did bust the window on the other side.
     
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    Grab the inside door handle.
     
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    The car had handles that didn't attach to the ceiling? Strange. I can't say I've had the headliner off many vehicles, but the few I have had the handles mounted to the roof bracing, not the headliner. Curtain bags were in the B pillar in one, and above the B pillar between the handles in the other.

    While I personally don't have any trouble without them, I do kind of wish we had handles. When our parents are in town they have a heck of a time getting in and out of the car without anything to hold. They're not as nimble as they once were, and I feel bad that they struggle. In the front I raise the seat all the way and maybe that helps a little, but the person in back is out of luck.
     
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    Having said that, adjustable seat belts would be nice too, but for some reason are missing.
     
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    Agreed, +1!
     
  13. Nigel Tufnel

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    I sent an email to a tech support specialist in Fremont regarding panic bar/grab handles and got a response saying that he'd put my request on a list for future consideration. He didn't know of after-market availability or whether they could compromise an air curtain or trigger any alerts.

    If you'd like to provide input on the issue, here's an email address you could use: [email protected]
     
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    It would seem Tesla has, in some cases, selected design over practical functionality.
     
  15. Skotty

    Skotty 2014 Model S P85

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    I agree that they are very helpful for old folks when getting in and out of vehicles. I think that's really who they are for, or rather, who they should be for. For everyone else, they aren't needed.

    Since ease of getting in and out is a thing with the Model X, I think they should at least be an option. Perhaps Tesla could engineer some nifty ones that fold out of the way when not needed.
     

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