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Old 11 Oct 2010, 11:09 am
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Last night it was brought to my attention by a passenger in the back seat that he couldn't get out because the door latch of my 09 Cruiser didn't work. It's the door behind the driver and it acts as though the child restraint thing won't allow it to open. That's not the case since the other door works fine. The door can be opened but only from the outside. When pulling on the inside latch there doesn't seem to be much resistance. The door lock works fine. Does anybody have an idea as to what might be gonig on here and, by perchance, would there be an easy fix?

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Old 11 Oct 2010, 11:58 am
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Spray it with some W-D40 work it back and forth .If not working you may have to pull the panel and see whats up...
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 12:26 pm
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It probably is the child restraint lock.You have a switch on the inside of each rear door to activate it so you can lock each door individually.You just need to open that door from the outside and move the switch in the opposite direction from where it is now.That should take care of this issue.
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 12:38 pm
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Last night it was brought to my attention by a passenger in the back seat that he couldn't get out because the door latch of my 09 Cruiser didn't work. It's the door behind the driver and it acts as though the child restraint thing won't allow it to open. That's not the case since the other door works fine. The door can be opened but only from the outside. When pulling on the inside latch there doesn't seem to be much resistance. The door lock works fine. Does anybody have an idea as to what might be gonig on here and, by perchance, would there be an easy fix?

Thanks for any insight.
Normal operation with my 08. Confirmed with other owners and my owner's manual has instructions to change how it works (page 21 and 22 speaks of auto unlock). I left mine as is and when I have passengers in the back seat, I just hit the unlock button on the driver's door and it unlocks for them.

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Old 11 Oct 2010, 03:40 pm
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Many thanks to you good folks who took the time to respond, especially SCBluePT. I just went out and did some searching and found the child restrait switch on that door - didn't see it last night in the dark. Flipped it to where it ought to be and the door is now functioning properly. I can't believe I was so dumb as to miss that! I'm now a happy camper thanks to you folks.
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 05:53 pm
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Many thanks to you good folks who took the time to respond, especially SCBluePT. I just went out and did some searching and found the child restrait switch on that door - didn't see it last night in the dark. Flipped it to where it ought to be and the door is now functioning properly. I can't believe I was so dumb as to miss that! I'm now a happy camper thanks to you folks.
Glad to hear you got it taken care of.Sometimes it's the simple things that cause the biggest headaches.
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 06:21 pm
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Many thanks to you good folks who took the time to respond, especially SCBluePT. I just went out and did some searching and found the child restrait switch on that door - didn't see it last night in the dark. Flipped it to where it ought to be and the door is now functioning properly. I can't believe I was so dumb as to miss that! I'm now a happy camper thanks to you folks.
My sister had a Chrysler car (forget what kind) and had the same problem, she had taken it to the dealer numerous times to see what was wrong, they couldn't and/or didn't find it. She told me about it, I check and flipped the restraint switch and all was fine, boy was she Pi--ed. Her husband worked for and retired from DC.
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 06:24 pm
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My right rear door won't open from both the outside & inside . The car has the kiddy locks also . How can I pull the panel off or flip the switch if I can't get it open to begin with ???
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 06:35 pm
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My right rear door won't open from both the outside & inside . The car has the kiddy locks also . How can I pull the panel off or flip the switch if I can't get it open to begin with ???
I have never had to deal with an issue like this but if you remove the rear seats you might be able to get the panel off.It's dark out now so I cant see how it is held on.
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 10:43 pm
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My right rear door won't open from both the outside & inside . The car has the kiddy locks also . How can I pull the panel off or flip the switch if I can't get it open to begin with ???
Probably a dumb question, but have you verified that the door is actually unlocked (that the door lock button is actually in the up position)?
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