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Suicide Doors

Suicide doors are vehicle doors which are hinged at the rear rather than the front. The name comes from the increased danger of the door being forced open by passing airflow if it became unlatched while the car was moving. Because of the negative sounding name, the term 'suicide doors' is often swapped for 'rear-hinged' in major automobile manufacturers' promotional literature.

Commonly found on prewar vehicles, suicide doors fell out of favor with the designers since then. Although they were used on some mainstream vehicles up to the early '70's. In more recent years suicide doors have appeared on many crew-cab pickups and even some sports cars, like the Mazda RX-8. The new suicide doors are generally used for the rear doors, and usually require the front door to be opened first, adding a degree of safety.

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