man vs locked car
May 3, 2012 6:01 AM Subscribe
What laws or rules govern automobile door locks in the United States?
posted by jepler to Travel & Transportation (20 answers total)
This question is spurred by the report from a friend of mine that a certain new VW has an unusual door design: there's no frame around the window when the door is open. When the door is closed, the top of the window is kept captive in a channel that is built into the car frame. When the door handle is operated, the window is (electrically, one assumes) lowered so that the window clears the channel before the door will actually open.
It seems like this design will prevent someone inside the car from exiting if the car's electrical system is not operating, and this seems like a real safety problem of the sort you'd hope regulation would prohibit if the common sense and review practices of car manufacturers wouldn't. So what rules are there about car door locks?
This question isn't really about the specific car I'm describing above, it's about what regulations are. But if you know what car I'm talking about and can clarify my description, that'd be great too.