Originally Posted by JR
A couple of reasons really.
1st, 99% of people use the keyfob exclusively to get in and out of the car - I know in 9 months of operation, the key has never been in the door lock of my BA. But what happens down the track when the battery in the keyfob finally goes flat if you're out in your car a couple of hundred miles from the spare keyfob? you've still got to be able to get in and out of the car.
Or - what if the car battery stuffs up and the electronics don't work - you still need to be able to get in and out of the car, a mechanical means of entry and egress is there on the drivers door (and the drivers door only) to give that ability regardless of any electronic failure.
You may also find - and I have no idea if this is true or not - that there is some rule in the ADR's or somewhere about emergency services having visible and/or mechanical means to access a car involved in an accident if and when possible.
JR, I'm talking about the small silver nib at the top of of the internal door mouldings, not the internal handles.
If the nib is pressed down, you cannot get it back up by hand, you actually have to either use the door handles or the central locking button.
You would also find that if the battery went flat, you would have to use the door handles, not the nib which would be electrically driven.