Stuck in his burning Tesla, he breaks the window because he doesn’t know how to manually open the door.

When his Tesla caught fire, the doors and windows no longer responded to opening commands. The driver of the car broke the window to escape from the burning car. Even if the electronics are faulty, manual opening is possible.

More and more models are using electronic control to open the front doors. It is much more fashionable to simply press a button than to manipulate a classic doorknob. We find this solution on Tesla like the Model 3 and Model Y, but we also find this principle on other manufacturers like the electric Fiat 500 and others.

The disadvantage is that in the event of an electrical or electronic problem, the opening buttons may stop working. A situation that can quickly become stressful. But before you get down to breaking glass like the Canadian who caught fire in his Tesla Model Y on May 22, 2022 did, you should know that all of these electronic discoveries also offer a manual emergency solution. No car can be homologated in Europe without such an emergency opening system.

In video footage of the incident, which shows the vehicle slowly catching fire, two people can be heard discussing the driver, who allegedly asked a bystander for help because ” doors stuck “.

An often overlooked solution

However, in the case of Tesla (and other brands), the procedure is in the car’s owner’s manual. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t take the time to read this manual to learn more about driving their new car. They tend to be based on concession-provided start-up instructions that are too brief.

Self-help groups on Facebook and other media are full of questions, the answers to which, however, are visible in the user manual. Reading the vehicle manual could even avoid some panic situations in the event of a breakdown: how to open the doors manually? How to safely tow? What should I do if a critical error appears on my screen? How to initiate emergency braking if the brake pedal does not respond?

So how do you open a Model 3 or Y door in an emergency?

For model 3 and Y doors, the command to operate is the same. The trigger is located at the level of the window openings, then it is enough to lift the plastic block so that the door opens manually.

Emergency handle for Tesla Model Y // Source: Rafael Bo for Numerama

It is not very difficult, but you must know the system in order to use it at the right time. And in a panic situation, it’s not always easy to have ideas clear enough to remember.

The user manual states that this solution should not be used outside of power failures, repeated use may damage the cable.

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Model 3 manual excerpt // Source: frame from Tesla website

For other Tesla models, you can also watch the following video:

The cause of the fire is unknown

The causes of the fire are still being investigated, reports Elektrek.ko. The fire is unlike the thermal runaways seen when batteries in electric vehicles ignite.

This is not the only spontaneous Model Y fire reported on social media in recent times, and on various occasions the source of the fire appears to have been inside the car rather.