After becoming frustrated with recent break-ins to the rear corner window in Tesla Model 3s, a few owners banded together to solve the problem once and for all by creating a new device that prevents the rear seats from being unlatched.
The recent break-ins to Model 3s have focused on a vulnerability in the vehicle’s security where the rear corner window is not tied into the vehicle’s security system. That means that it can be broken with impunity and without setting off the vehicle alarm. Thefts start with the rear window breaking after which the rear seats are folded down to allow them to visually search the trunk to see if it contains anything of value. This can all be done without setting off the vehicle alarm.
To combat this problem, YouTuber Tesla Raj teamed up with Tesla DIY to develop the Drop-Lock, a device that locks out the handle on the rear seat folding mechanisms to prevent would-be thieves from even being able to fold down the rear seats. Their hope is that Drop-Lock, combined with a sticker on the vulnerable rear corner windows informing would-be thieves of the presence of the lock-out device, are aimed at eliminating not just the thefts, but also the breaking of the rear corner window in the first place.
It is an ambitious project, but an understandable attempt to solve a problem that has plagued many Tesla Model 3 owners living in regions that are seeing a higher number of vehicle break-ins. It’s not clear if this is a security gap that could be solved with a software update or if solving it requires an actual hardware upgrade, like the Enhanced Anti-Theft upgrade that Tesla sells for the Model S and Model X. That upgrade comes with a new hardware module that bolts into the headliner of the vehicle and brings extra sensors and extra security to the vehicle, but sets owners back a steep $350 for the additional protection.
For those interested in learning more about the device or in purchasing one, scroll down to the YouTube video that describes a bit more about the Drop-Lock or head straight on over to the product website. At $24.99, the Drop-Lock isn’t cheap, but if it prevents even one broken window, it has already paid for itself in parts alone, not to mention the hassle and time spent getting the window fixed.
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