Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 23:13:02 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Automatically locking doors?

"H." wrote: > >Can someone tell me why the doors to cars in general dont automatically lock > >anymore? Almost every car I've had in the past has had door locks that > >engage either when the vehicle begins to move or when it is shifted into > >drive. Was there a reason this was discontinued or is it just the vehicles > >I've seen that do not have it anymore? Its strange as I had always > >considered it a good safety feature. > > You don't say what car you dfrive, but on the 9-3's from 2001 onwards > in the Uk it's a standard feature, and is a programmable option on all > Saabs from 1998 9-5 and 9-3. My car does exactly that, and also one > press on the fob will only unlock the drivers door, a second press > unlocks all the rest. I have a Volvo, Saab and Toyota. None have this automatic lock feature. Never needed it. We don't have as much rain as London, so I often ride around with the sunroof and windows open, locked doors would do little to keep a person out of the car. > > > Oddly enough I have found the flip-side of your question the weirdest > - in my old Citroen, yanking a door handle inside the car released the > central locking, whereas in my 9-3 I have to unlock the car myself > before I can get out! > > As for those have said it is a stateside-oly safety feature, BE WARNED > - carjacking is alive and well in the UK, don't be fooled into > thinking we are above such things. I have twice had people try and get > into my car, only to be foiled by exactly the feature Francis is > looking for - well worth the 2 minutes it took my dealer to program > it. Twice? Aren't you protected by all of those laws on the books? :-) Just kidding. I feel safe where I drive, in Virginia. I don't have or need this automatic lock feature on any of my cars. Not to start a long discussion, but carjackings were being played up by the media for a while in the U.S.a few years back. The 'news' media made it seem as if everyone was being car jacked, now you don't hear of a single case. One car jacker 'assumed' the people driving nice cars in Washington D.C. did not carry firearms, where it is against the law to own, much less carry a pistol - except for members the police and FBI. He picked a car being driven by an FBI Agent . .

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