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Anyone noticed the slot in the sills that has black trim around it, and the metal bracket on the lower part of the door that goes into the slot when door is closed?

Have not seen this on a car before, is it an additional door lock/latch for security, anyone know?

Pls excuse my ignorance, previous cars have been pretty old and basic!
 

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It's to keep the door secure in a crash so it can be opened. I think anyway.
 

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I thought it was a drain hole


I didn't realise it was a safety feature. That's cool.
 

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Rednaxela said:
It's to keep the door secure in a crash so it can be opened. I think anyway.
It also increases/maintains the structural rigidity of the chassis.
 

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Cheers, just had a look inside the slot, nothing in there just a plastic housing.

You can see that it would prevent the door from moving/distorting too much in a crash, nice idea.
 

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b82ry said:
that's correct, it's a safety feature available only for 3 door models (also all coupes and cabrios)
That's a relief. I was beginning to wonder why all I had was a slight indentation.
 

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Yes...I've seen it on 3dr models but I only have a dent where the rubber stop goes.Does this mean 5 door cars are safer than 3 door ones?Edited by: Scrubnut
 

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Not really - the 5 door models have the door pillar in the middle of the body which gives extra strength. The 3 door makes up for this with the bolt arrangement to compensate for no door pillars.
 
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