Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 23:36:02 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Automatically locking doors?

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. > 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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