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- May 23, 2020
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- Weston Super Mare, UK
- Nissan Navara NP300, Smart fortwo, Honda TRX700XX, Honda MSX125SF.
What could possibly go wrong?I broke a door handle off of my car during the winter of 2019-2020. It was unhelpful.
I ripped the door handle of my Mazda5 off while trying to get the sliding door moving, after I hasdalready pried the obvious ice off.
It was around 0F (-17C), so the plastic was more brittle than usual. "Wintery mix" (at around 32F/0C) had come through the day before, and then the temperature dropped to around 0F by morning. I was also running a little late.
A sharp little yank was my best shot at getting the door open. I failed to modulate it properly, and the door handle came off in my hand.
Most door handles are more durable than that.
And they really need to be pretty strong in order for vehicles to operate in "real weather", because I have yet to see a reliable alternative to a sharp little yank on the door.
Here in the Midwest, I'm expected to be at work on time the morning after an ice storm -- if a little ice or snow got in our way, we'd never get any work done!
Hopefully Tesla's novelty door handles are up to the task.