Oops. Chris Woodyard on what can happen to high profile cars with too many electronic gadgets onboard.
When you pay $127,000 for a new Tesla — or for that matter, any expensive car — you pretty much expect it to be trouble-free.
But Consumer Reports magazine found its testers locked out of its 27-day-old top-of-the-line Tesla Model S because the car’s fancy retractable door handles wouldn’t work.
Door handles? Mechanical, right? Nope.
These aren’t ordinary door handles. They are a space-age model that remain flush to the car door — usually only seen in concept prototypes at car shows — and automatically extend when a driver approaches with their key in their hand, purse or pocket.