Submitted by mblons on Sun, 2020-06-28 21:33
I'll try to keep this brief but I feel it is critically important. I am 68 years old and I bought a new Model S in February. I was way up in the San Gabriel mountains yesterday as it was getting dark. Maybe 12 miles up a mountain road. No internet, no cell phone service. I use my cell phone to open and close my car. I had my key fob in the car, spare at home. I got out of the car for a moment and put my phone in my pocket. For some reason my car locked. Maybe a "pocket call" who knows? So, I AM LOCKED OUT!! I am in the middle of nowhere. Ten minutes later, it is pitch black. I walked three miles down and decide it will take me probably 8 hours to get to the bottom, if I even make it. I decide no way and walk back to my car. It is pitch black. I had already played tennis that morning so I am a bit gassed and feeling stupid that I had allowed this to happen. Finally a nice couple stops and drives me to the bottom. My son brings the extra key, we drive up and... it has no battery in it. We go home. Next day my wife takes me up there after I bought a battery for the fob. We get up there and it doesn't work. I call Tesla emergency roadside and a tow truck follows my wife and I to my car. He gets the car open, I start it and I drive home. This should not be allowed to happen. This is a dangerous "perfect storm" situation and I wonder how often this happens. Sure, I should have also had the fob in my pocket (I will now) but even that didn't work. Scary.