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Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 13:47:26 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Purchasing a Saab wrote: > > Kenneth S. <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > > I'm still puzzled. If this is a good safety precaution, why don't any > > other manufacturers adopt it? > > Because they don't care as much about safety and logical grouping of controls. > Keep in mind, they also build fighter aircraft, so they know a thing or > three about ergonomics and cockpit design. > > > Also, there are alternatives to placing the key between the seats that > > avoid the steering column location. When my Saab was in the shop > > recently I was driving a rented Chevrolet Malibu. Its ignition key was > > on the dashboard, where there was no danger of anything getting spilled > > into it. > > You seem obsessed with spillage; is this a recurring problem? After the > first few times, ya'd think you'd just, well, *not do that*? > > Dave Hinz I've never spilled anything into the key slot, but it seems like a very obvious danger. I'm afraid I'm unconvinced about the safety aspects of the key between the seats, by comparison with other locations. I presume there's no patent involved, and considering the amount of money spent by other manufacturers on safety, I would think they would adopt this feature if they thought it was beneficial. It appears to me that it's just like the big squarish Rolls-Royce radiator grill -- it serves no useful purpose, and must be a problem aerodynamically, but it's one of the most distinctive features of the car. By the way, I didn't know that GM also built fighter aircraft.

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