The Truth about steering locks has been kept Top Secret for over twenty years. A worldwide cover-up also applies to comprehensive statistics concerning steering lock related deaths and injuries.
The auto steering lock has been in use worldwide as an anti-theft device for nearly twenty five-years. In the United States in the 1990's, approximately two million vehicles are stolen annually, proving steering locks to be a failure. Alternative anti-theft devices also in use, such as the transmission lock (Rolls Royce/SAAB 900) are safe and much more effective for theft prevention.
Drivers have not been warned or educated about steering lock operation. There are six basic universal designs, five of which employ a type of safety device to prevent the driver, from what the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has termed: "inadvertent lockup" while driving.
The NHTSA is on record for stating in the Federal Register, April 5, 1988, that they continue to receive reports of "property damage, serious injuries and fatalities" from inadvertent lockup accidents.
The California DMV publishes the WARNING in their DRIVER HANDBOOK: "NEVER TURN OFF THE IGNITION OF YOUR VEHICLE WHEN IT IS STILL IN MOTION. THIS COULD CAUSE THE STEERING TO LOCK AND YOU WOULD LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE".
ALL AMERICAN AUTOS UTILIZE (SINCE 1969) A SAFETY DEVICE TO PREVENT INADVERTENT LOCKUP OF STEERING WHILE DRIVING.
INADVERTENT LOCKUP CONTINUES TO HARM AND KILL WORLDWIDE. ONLY EDUCATION AND WARNING WILL PREVENT THIS.
The spring-loaded design of the steering lock is innately hazardous and can malfunction or wear out causing the steering to lock suddenly. Locksmiths and drivers worldwide have reported a high incidence of sudden lockup that necessitated repairs or caused accidents.
Steering locks present a crisis that affects us all. ASF encourages you to voice your concerns with your government, news media, family and friends, and relay this PSA bulletin across the Internet. ASF appreciates your support.
ASF endorses front and rear air bag bumper research, development and production. ASF has petitioned the NHTSA, July 4, 1997, for rulemaking that regulate font and rear airbag bumpers on all new autos by the year 2000.