Tesla Model 3 To Be Updated Following A Crash

The Tesla Model 3 has only been in the hands of drivers for a few months but a number of them have already been totaled.

One of the latest was owned by Reddit user “Model 3 Crash Dummy” who reportedly hit a parked car while traveling at 60 mph (96 km/h). The driver credits the Model 3 with saving their life and stated “Everyone from the paramedics to the tow truck driver said that people don’t usually walk away from this.”

The driver suffered a minor injury to their right foot but was otherwise okay. The front passenger wasn’t as lucky as the poster claimed their arm hit the central instrument cluster / infotainment system and shattered it. The broken glass then cut their arm.

The driver suggested Tesla add a so-called “screen airbag” and a manual way to open the glove box. As the owner explained, the shattered screen prevented him from opening the glove box to retrieve their title and insurance information.

Despite everything, the poster said they love Tesla and have already ordered another Model 3.

This would typically be where the story ends but Engadget reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk learned about the crash and promised to update the car. In a tweet, the space litterer said the company will be “adding [a] software feature to open [the] glove box automatically when car comes to a stop after a crash.” He also said Tesla will look into the possibility of adding a thin sheet of plastic to the display to prevent it from cutting people if it shatters.

Interestingly, there are also two other totaled Tesla Model 3s that will soon go up for auction in California. Both have an “actual cash value” of approximately $55,000 and are looking for a new home.



  • Live and Learn

    You would think the screen would have been laminated to begin with? And, what was the driver doing that he hit a parked car going 60mph? Should this driver own any car at all?

    • LWOAP

      Trying to open the glove box using the touch interface?

      • Jimbo

        I know you jest. But Tesla’s total reliance on its infotainment for every god damn function is possibly the biggest reason why I’m don’t like their cars. That, and those nasty panel gaps.

        Had a rental Volvo XC90 for a week and absolutely hated its system. It’s an infinitely better car if it has conventional controls. Makes you appreciate how a basic knob for air con or radio or whatever is flawless in comparison to a clunky touchscreen interface (buried in a tree of menus and sub-menus in Tesla).

    • Nordschleife

      That’s my biggest concern as well. How impaired or distracted was this driver to hit a parked car at 60mph. That is the answer that I need.

    • ErnieB

      He seemed so very proud of the crash.. idiot!

      • Six_Tymes

        yeah, same as what I was thinking

      • Chad L

        He just wanted to do a crash test for Tesla so that Elon can reply to his tweet

        • LWOAP

          Well, his username is Model 3 Crash Dummy.

  • Adilos Nave

    Wait a second. The friggin’ glovebox requires the user to find the virtual button on the touchscreen? Seriously? How on earth can that be better than just a simple button on the glovebox itself? Wow, they have really thrown out everything taught about user graphics and interaction. And not having some way to prevent shards of glass stemming from the gigantic screen that’s sitting at most 3′ feet away from the passengers’ faces is asinine. Keep forgetting this car was designed by coders and not engineers.

    • ace_9

      And keep in mind, that these are just some random examples. It shows how much religious people can be towards certain products…

    • realist50

      I think you mean ergonomics but obviously your an expert at all this stuff so you probably know best.

      I’m pretty sure most car infotainment systems with glass will shatter(not easily it’s usually “gorilla type glass”). I’m thinking maybe they didn’t have a seatbelt on? It seams it would be tough to hit with an arm if your seatbelted in.

      • Nordschleife

        It seems it would be tough to hit with an arm if your seatbelted in. Really? You’re in arms distance of the screen and by how pushed In the front of this car is wouldn’t it make sense that screen was pushed closer to the driver as well. It sounds like in an effort to mock Adilos you are not really looking st the situation as a whole. If you have a screen controlling everything within arms distance you should at least make it safer as a whole.

    • Chad L

      because it’s a glovebox for cool people only

  • Erzhik

    How the hell do you hit a parked car at 60mph? Was the car illegally parked on a highway?

    • BlackPegasus

      The clown was using the Autopilot feature. He conveniently left that part out so that his insurance would cover his recklessness.

      • realist50

        I thought it usually works the other way… do something stupid then try to blame it on autopilot.
        Although that brings up an interesting question, as autopilot becomes more common, will insuarance rates/coverage be different depending on which mode the car was in?

      • Chad L

        Nah, he’s just in denial of his stupidity up to the point that he is defending Tesla.


    >Has a username Model 3 Crash Dummy

    >Somehow hits a parked car at 60mph.

    >Orders another one.

    I’m at a loss here. Can someone explain this to me?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Me thinks he had the Model 3 crashed on purpose

      • LWOAP

        He certainly lived up to his username.

    • Well, let’s be honest, he’s going to be waiting over a year before getting his next model 3 to crash it again.

      • LWOAP

        He probably doesn’t care about waiting, it’s a Tesla after all. Tesla fans are very devoted and loyal to the brand. They’ll wait until the end of the Universe.

  • CJKnox

    ” Despite everything, the poster said they love Tesla and have already ordered another Model 3. ”

    Any sympathy I had just went out the window……..

    • True. Just imagine though if someone was actually in that parked car.

  • eb110americana

    What’s up with the mismatched front and rear wheels?

    • Mynameis Taylor

      the wheels have covers… and the front cover came off due to the crash. you can actually see the wheel cover laying on the ground in the photo


    poor him

  • Six Thousand Times

    Let the owners do your crash testing!

  • BlackPegasus

    He was using the autopilot feature. Oops was I suppose to say that out loud?

  • Chad L

    lol… wow even if a Tesla car killed them, they’ll buy another one


    I’d just ditch the hubcaps to be honest. It looks better without them.

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