Automotive doors that
hinge from the rear
edge of the door instead of the leading edge. They acquired the "suicide" nickname
due to the fact that
if the door was not fully
closed and the occupant tried to open
the door while
the car was moving (which for some reason was once common practice), the rushing air would catch the door and pull it open
violently, often pulling the person still
holding the door handle out of the car.
Grandpa told us that Uncle
Wilbur was run over
after he tried to shut the suicide
doors on his 33 coupe and was thrown
out under a truck. He was never the same after that.