In Emergency, Here’s How To Manually Open Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Door

MAY 20 2017 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 7

Is it difficult to manually open the falcon wing doors on your Tesla Model X if something malfunctions?

Of course Tesla has already thought this through, and the automaker’s Emergency Response Guide provides instructions. However, how many people take a thorough look at said guide, and even practice? We know that this is not generally the case. Fortunately, nowadays you can learn just about anything on the internet, and YouTube can come in pretty handy. In this particular case, you can learn the safety technique and learn Mandarin Chinese at the same time.

Tesla Model X

You can see the wire to the right side of the speaker.

Tesla’s emergency guide points out a pull cable¬†intended to manually release the door from its latch system, in the event of an emergency. It’s hidden inside the removable speaker cover, which is located in the front lower portion of the door. It has to be out of sight and out of reach, because manually releasing the door by mistake wouldn’t be the best situation.

001 Xiaomage¬†takes us through the simple process in the video. Though the wire is easy to access, the door is quite heavy. The YouTuber suggests that this is maybe something that people should practice ahead of an actual emergency. Surely, in a true dire situation, adrenaline would kick in and you would probably try just a bit harder to push the door away, but knowing what you’re up against in advance is always a smart idea.

This information came to the forefront just recently, after news of a Tesla Model X that caught fire, and the falcon wings doors wouldn’t open. Perhaps another message that we can learn from this is that is it your responsibility to read through the literature that accompanies your purchases, and be prepared for the worst, just in case.

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7 Comments on "In Emergency, Here’s How To Manually Open Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Door"

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2013Volt

That is still the most idiotic door I have ever seen on a family car.

I don't think so

“Perhaps another message that we can learn from this is that is it your responsibility to read through the literature that accompanies your purchases, and be prepared for the worst, just in case.”

So, that same responsibly would be required of all your passengers? Like the pre-flight routine on an airplane?

Four Electrics

I bought Life Hammers. Even so, if the driver is incapacitated in a collision, I know my kids will be trapped in the back of the X. It is a scary thought.

James

How so is this different than a minivan (MPV)?

From my experience,those side doors on large American
versions of Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Chryslers
and KIAs are very heavy also and difficult to manually
open.

My brother bought an Odyssey and showed it to my 85 year
old dad. When nobody was looking, dad was out in the garage befuddled as to how to shut the door. He tried
so hard, he pulled the door off the tracks!

BMW i3 rear doors will not open unless the fronts are
open first. Will we see videos on this too? Will BMW
short sellers pop in to decry how dangerous the car is
for your family?

Remember before minivans had sliding doors on both sides,
they had one sliding door on one side?

Pushmi-Pullyu

“How so is this different than a minivan (MPV)?”

Thank you for that reality check, James.

Once again we see Tesla bashing by someone describe something about Tesla Inc., or its cars, which is a perfectly normal industry standard; describing it in negative terms as though somehow it’s “bad” just because Tesla does it.

Back when our family owned a Chrysler minivan, if someone had been trapped by damaged sliding doors in the rear, they would have had to exit by climbing over the seat to either the rear hatch or the front seats. The same situation as with the Model X.

For some strange reason, it never occurred to me to worry about it. /sarcasm

News flash: If your car’s frame is buckled in an accident, your ordinary car doors may be jammed and you’ll be unable to open them. This actually happened to me once, when I was rear-ended while driving a Chevy Chevette. Both the driver’s door and the passenger door were jammed, and I had to climb out thru the window. Fortunately the window was an old-fashioned crank type, so I wasn’t in any danger of being trapped by a power failure in a power window.

Spider-Dan

It is different from a minivan in that minivan doors slide horizontally, instead of having to work against gravity by pushing them vertically.

I love my Model X. We live on the ocean so we always carry those emergency hammers to break tempered glass. Probably faster than doing what this guy is demonstrating. Interesting how Apple, Google, and the military have had discussions with Tesla. Just think what billions of miles of data from every Tesla and Tesla to Tesla exists. Way more precise mapping than google and all that autonomous data. This data probably worth more than the car company. Of course, the battery is important to commercial and residential microgrid systems.