Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 23:49:53 +0000 (UTC)
From: H. <>
Subject: Re: Automatically locking doors?

>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. 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.

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