I just find it highly annoying to have to unlock a door I never locked. There are far more many instances where the doors are locked when I want them to be unlocked then there are when they are unlocked and and I want them to be locked. If I want the doors locked, I can always lock them - I don't need the car to think it is smarter than I am and it can make decisions for me. I am totally OK with the option, I am not happy with not being able to make my own decisions should I want to.
I doubt having the doors locked makes any difference at all in a crash of any kind. As long as the door is latched, it is as secure as it is going to be. Locking it just prevents the door handle from unlatching it. It is not a situation similar to a deadbolt on a front door, where when that is locked there is additional security provided, a car lock just disables the normal unlatching mechanism, which is highly unlikely to be triggered in a crash. I admit to not having done exhaustive research here, but I imagine if it does ever make a difference, it is in an extreme minority of circumstances.
I do admit it may help prevent a car jacking, and if I lived in a densely populated metropolitan area, and I routinely traveled through less safe parts of town, then I may find that feature desirable. But that situation does not apply to me.
I can certainly understand from the product liability perspective of FCA, but I would think simply setting the default to lock, like they do for lane sense, where the owner has to make a conscious choice to change the setting would be enough to absolve themselves of any liability. Past cars I have owned have it set as a default, but I could always make my own choice.
2018 Bright White Pacifica Hybrid Limited
Ordered: 15 SEP 2017
VIN: 19 SEP 2017
D1: 19 SEP 2017
Build sheet: 25 SEP 2017
JS: 28 SEP 2017
SL: 28 OCT 2017
KZ: 29 OCT 2017
Sticker: 30 OCT 2017
Dealer: 21 NOV 2017
Possession: 28 NOV 2017