Suicide doors child restrictions

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 at 23:07
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Hey just wondering if anyone knows what/if there is any laws/ regulations on having children in the back seat of a F250 ute that has suicide doors?
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
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Reply By: eaglefree - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 at 23:44

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 at 23:44
Hi, providing there are seat belts there is no reason any child cannot be located in the back seat. Capsule, booster or old enough to sit like an adult.
Having suicide doors is irrelevant.
Remember, there are vintage cars that have them too. No restrictions there either.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 00:18

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 00:18
They are safer than normal doors - they cannot be opened unless the front door is opened first - a sort of automatic kiddie lock.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 14:03

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 14:03
That was my understanding as well.

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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 00:37

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 00:37
The suicide rear doors on the extra cab/king cab/extended cab F-250 cannot be opened unless the main door is open.

The main door covers a big lip on the front edge of the suicide rear door, making it physically impossible to open the rear suicide door, once the main door is shut.

There is no exterior door handle on the suicide rear doors. The door handle is located on the leading edge of the suicide door, and it's only uncovered and able to be operated, once the main door is open.

I nearly became a victim to an original suicide rear door when I was about 9 years old, in the late 1950's.
My brother owned a '48 Chev that was fitted with suicide rear doors.
My father was driving the Chev to a dance one Friday night, with Mum in the front passenger seat, and just me in the rear seat.

I noticed the rear door wasn't shut properly, it was only on the safety latch.
So I opened it, to enable me to close it fully.
Despite the fact that Dad was only doing about 70kmh (on a semi-rural sealed road), the wind pressure was enough to rip it open, nearly pulling me out with it.

It was lucky I had a pretty good grip and strength, even at that age, because I was able to pull the door back in with a huge effort - but it still didn't latch properly.
I wasn't going to try again after that major fright, so I left it on the safety latch.
The funny thing was, neither Mum nor Dad even noticed I'd opened the door and nearly went out.

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Follow Up By: Member - snippy - Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 07:49

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 07:49
Mid '50's I was 6 yrs old, Vauxhall Velox 1950 model I think, front doors were suicide doors.

I wondered what would happen if I took a wee peek outside. Door dragged me out, mother managed to grab my ankle.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 07:13

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 07:13
My Dmax extracab had similar doors and as said could not be opened unless the front door was open. I dare say other extra cab equipped utes would be the same. I never heard of any passenger restrictions.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 11:10

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 11:10
FJ Cruiser has rear 'suicide' doors , impossible to open unless front door is opened ,
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 14:07

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 at 14:07
In 1955 at the age of 11 I was being driven to school in a 1950 Dodge sedan with suicide doors. My sister and I where in the back and fighting. Some how (probably by my sister) the door was opened and I was sucked out and went sliding down the road and ended up in the gutter on the other side of the road a bit the worse for wear. It was a main road (Beach Rd at Black Rock Vic) but fortunately traffic was not like it is today. Dad took me back home, put a few band-aids on the worst of the gravel rashes and then took me to school. We were bred tough in those days.

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Reply By: Member - nickb "boab" - Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 06:17

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 06:17
That would depend on the age of the child if in a booster or cradle type of the seat or not ?
Normal rules would apply you would think
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