Careless Tesla Model X Owner Clips His SUV’s Falcon Wing

Accidents are never fun, but they’re even worse when they could have easily been prevented.

That brings us to this Tesla Model X owner who apparently forgot to close the left rear falcon wing door before reversing out of their garage. The cringeworthy incident was captured for posterity by the homeowner’s Nest security camera and uploaded to YouTube last month.

As you can see, the driver successfully manages to close the passenger side falcon wing door, but fails to notice the driver’s side door is still open. As a result, the driver backs out and crashes the door into the wall of their garage.

Despite the relatively slow speed impact, the collision appears to cause the top panel of the falcon wing door to twist and break away from the side panel. Undeterred, the driver attempts to close the door only to get greeted by an audible warning.

While the incident could have been easily avoided, it’s far from the first time it has happened. A handful of drivers have admitted to doing something similar on various Tesla forums and on YouTube. In one incident, the crash cracked the top window, threw a hinge out of alignment and caused damage to the crossover’s paint job.

There’s no word on how much it will cost to repair this damaged Model X, but the owner could be separated from their car for quite some time. According to one Model X owner, whose wife drove “through the garage with a wing door open,” a body shop suggested it could take nine weeks to receive replacement parts from Tesla. That post was from a little more than two years ago, though, so hopefully Tesla has built up its inventory by now and repairs don’t take that long.


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