Suicide Doors

Reed Brothers Dodge owned a 1928 Dodge Brothers Standard Six with rear-hinged suicide doors.

Suicide doors on Reed Brothers' 1928 Dodge Brothers Standard Six

1928 Dodge Brothers Standard Six

So why are these doors called suicide doors? Did someone commit suicide with one? What’s suicidal about a door? 

The theory is that the forward motion of the car could cause the door to fly open, possibly causing the unlucky person sitting next to the door to be pulled out of the car, or the door itself could be ripped from its hinges. It’s debatable as to whether this was speculation or reality, but cars of this era did not have seat belts, so there was nothing to hold a passenger in the car.

The term “suicide doors” was therefore placed on vehicles with the rear-hinged door configuration, the theory being that anyone inside was on a suicide mission because of the design.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006.

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