Dodge Nitro: Door locks - Things to know before starting your vehicle - Dodge Nitro Owner's ManualDodge Nitro: Door locks

Manual Door Locks

Use the manual door lock plunger to lock the doors from inside the vehicle. If the plunger is down when the door is closed, the door will lock. Make sure the keys are not inside the vehicle before closing the door.

Manual Lock Plunger Manual Lock Plunger

WARNING:
• For personal security and safety in the event of an accident, lock the vehicle doors when you drive as well as when you park and leave the vehicle.
• When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not leave unattended children in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.

Power Door Locks

A door lock switch is located on each of the front door panels. Press this switch to lock or unlock the doors and liftgate.

Power Door Lock Switch Power Door Lock Switch

1 - Unlock. 2 - Lock.

If you press the power door LOCK switch while the key is in the ignition and either of the front doors is open, the power locks will not operate. This prevents you from accidentally locking your keys in the vehicle. Removing the key or closing the door will allow the locks to operate. Achime will sound if the key is in the ignition switch and a door is open as a reminder to remove the key.

Automatic Door Locks

The doors will lock automatically on vehicles with power door locks if all of the following conditions are met: 1. The automatic door locks feature is enabled. 2. The transmission is in gear. 3. All doors are closed. 4. The throttle is pressed. 5. The vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h).

6. The doors were not previously locked using the power door lock switch or Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter.

Automatic Door Locks Programming

The automatic door locks feature can be enabled or disabled as follows: For vehicles equipped with an Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)/Personal Settings (Customer- Programmable Features)” in “Understanding Your Instrument Panel” for further information. For vehicles not equipped with the EVIC, perform the following procedure: 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2. Cycle the ignition switch between LOCK and ON and then back to LOCK four times, ending up in the LOCK position. 3. Press the power door LOCK switch to lock the doors. 4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the programming. 5. Repeat these steps if you want to return this feature to its previous setting.

NOTE: Use the automatic door locks feature in accordance with local laws.

Automatic Unlock Doors on Exit

The doors will unlock automatically on vehicles with power door locks if: 1. The automatic unlock doors on exit feature is enabled. 2. The transmission was in gear and the vehicle speed returned to 0 mph (0 km/h). 3. The transmission is in NEUTRAL or PARK. 4. The driver door is opened.

5. The doors were not previously unlocked. 6. The vehicle speed is 0 mph (0 km/h).

Automatic Unlock Doors on Exit Programming

The automatic unlock doors on exit feature can be enabled or disabled as follows: For vehicles equipped with an Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), refer to “Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)/Personal Settings (Customer- Programmable Features)” in “Understanding Your Instrument Panel” for further information. For vehicles not equipped with the EVIC, perform the following procedure: 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2. Cycle the ignition switch between LOCK and ON and then back to LOCK four times, ending up in the LOCK position. 3. Press the power door UNLOCK switch to unlock the doors. 4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the programming. 5. Repeat these steps if you want to return this feature to its previous setting.

NOTE: Use the automatic unlock doors on exit feature in accordance with local laws.

Child-Protection Door Lock System (Rear Doors)

To provide a safer environment for small children riding in the rear seats, the rear doors are equipped with a child protection door lock system.

To use the system, open each rear door, use a flat blade screwdriver (or ignition key) and rotate the dial counterclockwise to engage the child protection lock and clockwise to disengage the child protection locks. When the system on a door is engaged, that door can only be opened by using the outside door handle even if the inside door lock is in the unlocked position.

Child Protection Door Lock Child Protection Door Lock

NOTE:
• When the child lock system is engaged, the door can be opened only by using the outside door handle even though the inside door lock is in the unlocked position.
• After disengaging the Child Protection Door Lock system, always test the door from the inside to make certain it is in the desired position.
• After engaging the Child Protection Door Lock system, always test the door from the inside to make certain it is in the desired position.
• For emergency exit with the system engaged, move the lock plunger up (unlocked position), roll down the window, and open the door with the outside door handle.

WARNING: Avoid trapping anyone in a vehicle in a collision. Remember that the rear doors can only be opened from the outside when the child protection locks are engaged.

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