Are the 4Runner’s Door Locks Leading to Multiple Carjackings?

Is there a design flaw in the 2005 4Runner’s automatic door locks?

The SUV has been involved in multiple carjackings and now the victims are suing the automaker:

“The Toyota 4Runner lawsuit alleges the owner of the SUV had no idea the doors would automatically unlock when the SUV was shifted into PARK. The plaintiff blames Toyota for not informing consumers about how the door locks work and the dangers of doors automatically unlocking, especially in urban areas.”

Yes, you can argue the merits of the case, but the carjackings have all resulted in terrible stories — from sexual assault to the death of an entire family. No matter what the judge decides, your heart have to be with those affected.