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Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 03:43:35 GMT
From: "Harry Davis" <>
Subject: Re: Automatically locking doors?

"Four Weis" <mweinopsamcom> wrote in message news:3C941D32.B878552Bnopsamcom... > > > Terje Johan Abrahamsen wrote: > > > On Fri, 15 Mar 2002 21:31:38 -0500, Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote: > > > > >I disconnected the power lock on the tailgate of my wagon. This way, the only > > >way you can access the rear cargo area from the outside is with the key in hand > > >- and NOT in the ignition. How many of you have the absolute faith in the Park > > >position and parking brake to stand behind a car with a running engine? Read > > >your Owner's Manual. I certainly would not stand behind a car with a manual in > > >neutral and only the parking brake holding the car - with the engine running. I > > >would suspect more people are injured by 'accidents' like this than by all of > > >the car jackings in the world - and the car maker gets blamed every time. > > > > What can happen if you stand behind the car when it is in neutral? Its > > not going to jump into gear. > > Re think what you just said "it is not going to jump into gear" . You obviously do > not have curious young children. They just love pushing buttons, turning dials and > PULLING LEVERS. > > > And, when the parking brake is on, it is > > on. Regardless if if breaks, the car will only slide very slowly. > > > If > > you park it in a steep hill, you should put it in gear. > > I have heard reverse is the preferred gear to park a manual transmission - in the > Saab you have no choice. With manual transmissions common sense should tell anyone to park in 1st gear when facing uphill and in reverse if facing downhill. Guess the safety guru's and the engineers left common sense at the door. > > > So, I can > > stand behind my Saab in neutral any day. Not a problem at all.... > > I have close to 20 years of Operating Room experience. I have helped repair injuries > from just about everything, including cars slipping from Park to Reverse (engine > running, person loading the trunk) to injuries from creative uses of a vacuum > cleaner, besides the usual kitchen knife and lawn mower accidents. I don't take > anything for granted anymore, nor do I assume a parking brake will hold. > >

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