2015 Volvo S60: Finger-Pinching Door Handles
March 11, 2015
The first time I opened a door on our 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E down in the Edmunds parking garage, I pinched my finger.
Vehicle Testing Assistant Cameron Rogers was down there with me, laughed, and asked if I needed a tutorial on door opening.
Now I'll give you that one pinch of the finger is probably a fluke. But when it happens a second time (as it did this past weekend), well, that's when it starts to become a "hmm..." kind of moment. Three times? I'm sorry, but there is something a bit off about the S60's door handles.
So like a mad scientist I performed a test. I was visiting a friend at her condo and asked her to open the S60's door. Yep, first try and she pinched her finger.
Next question was why was this happening? What is it about the Volvo's door handles that, on occasion, pinch fingers? Because the truth is, it is a rare occurrence. But even if you want to chalk it up to "opening the door weirdly," or grabbing the handle differently than "normal," pinching your finger's skin seems like something that should never happen.
I started wandering around my friend's parking lot inspecting the door handles of other cars. First of all, turns out people don't take too kindly to some stranger looking closely at the door handle on their car. Who knew?
But thanks to my extensive research I think I've figured out what is triggering the odd pinch: Volvo didn't contour the door handle to wrap around your index finger enough. At least that's the conclusion I came to from looking at other door handles. This lack of contouring, or lack of finger protection, makes it easier than it should be to catch part of your finger as the door handle ratchets back closed while you're still opening the door.
Compounding matters here is that the S60's door handle springs back with more force than most.
So the mystery has been solved. Now I just need to figure out how to hold the door handle so this never happens again.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 1,300 miles