Car door scratches and dents may soon be a thing of the past. Ford has developed a new pop-out Door Edge Protector feature that will debut on the 2012 Ford Focus.
Here’s how it works:
The spring-loaded protector is mounted on the back edge of each door. When a Focus door is opened, the rubber protector flips into position and covers the door edge. The cover minimizes damage if the door edge hits a wall or barrier, and helps protect body panels of cars parked in the next space over.
When the door is closed, a pushpin in the front edge of the door pulls on an interior cable to retract the edge cover.
This should be mandatory on all new cars, IMO.