How to fold your car’s doors apart to make them open
Posted On August 4, 2021
Outswing folding door alternatives are being tested in NSW, but some car buyers are concerned about the safety of their vehicles.
The new folding doors are designed to fold apart into a small opening for easy access to the outside.
“They have the advantage of being quite small and being easy to fold up into a car seat or other car equipment,” Carla Dutton, a consultant at the Insurance Institute of Australia, told News24.
“There’s no moving parts in there.
So it’s basically just like a car with an electric door, so it’s very similar to how a car would operate.”
The folding doors do not have to be fitted with a folding device, but the manufacturer recommends that the front of the door be folded up, as shown in this example: “They’re quite small so they’re not a problem if you have the door in the open position,” she said.
“If you have a folded up door that’s not a concern, then you could have the front opening open or closed.”
The Insurance Institute said folding doors could be used to provide extra space for children, but that some people may find the increased risk of injury or property damage associated with folding doors “distressing”.
The company’s advice for folding doors is that they should be fitted only when the door is fully open, and should be fully folded when closed.
“You shouldn’t have a fold down car seat folded up and down, because the fold down could cause some serious injuries,” Ms Dutton said.
The folding door alternative is one of several innovations that carmakers are trying to make for a more efficient, more fuel efficient car.
Some of the latest innovations include “pulsed” headlights that light up when the driver turns the key, and new “in-dash” displays that enable the driver to monitor their engine, tyre pressure and other key metrics, in addition to a new system for detecting when a car is in motion.
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