Numerous vehicles are equipped with an automatic door locking and unlocking feature. The purpose of this feature is to automatically unlock a door when someone with the vehicle’s key attempts to open the door, without having to press any buttons. This feature is designed to make it easier to open a door when carrying groceries, other objects, and even children.
Similarly, the feature is supposed to lock the vehicle’s doors when the person holding the vehicle’s keys walks away from the vehicle.
Many of these systems advertise and state in owner’s manuals that the vehicles are designed to not lock when the keys are inside the vehicle.
Again, this feature makes it easier to use the vehicle while attending to children, because you can place a purse inside the vehicle, buckle in the children, close the rear door, then open the driver’s door in order to operate the vehicle.
When The Automatic Locking System Fails
Some automatic door lock systems state in their owner’s manual that the door will not lock automatically if the keys are inside the vehicle, however contrary to what the owner’s manual says, the doors will lock. When this occurs, people can lock themselves out of a vehicle, and more concerning, can accidentally lock children inside a vehicle, creating a very unsafe situation. When this occurs, often times people have to break a window or hire a lock smith in order to unlock the vehicle, costing money, and potentially creating a very dangerous situation for children that may be locked inside.
Our office wishes to represent people who have experienced a malfunctioning automatic door lock system, which says that the keys cannot be locked inside the vehicle, but do lock when the keys are inside the vehicle. If this has happened to you, and you wish to hire an attorney, please call The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free case evaluation.
How Can We Help?
If you have experienced problems with your automatic door locking system which have resulted in your being locked out of your vehicle, and you wish to find out what you can do about it, please call The Law Office of Robert L. Starr. We will listen to your situation, review any documentation that you have such as repair records or receipts relating to the problem, and we will provide you with a free case evaluation.
We work on a contingency fee basis.We advance all litigation costs. Our clients are not obligated to pay us anything unless we obtain a recovery. If you file a lawsuit and lose, you could be responsible to pay certain costs and fees, which is why we thoroughly evaluate your case and go over the strengths and weaknesses of your case before we take any legal action.
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