Automobile Safety Foundation

P.O. BOX 12183 • LA JOLLA, CA 92039-2183 • (858) 831-1871

January 10, 2001


For over three decades, most automobiles have been equipped with the hazardous and obsolete spring loaded steering lock, a failed auto theft device that has allowed auto theft to triple, while causing international harm and death from steering wheel lockup on moving vehicles.

Warning and education about steering lock operation, can save lives and help prevent auto theft. In 1988, ASF help author a steering lock device warning in the California Department of Motor Vehicle, DRIVER HANDBOOK, that is tested on as part of the DMV driver licensing procedure. Recently, ASF has been conducting a National/International campaign to share this CA DMV/ASF warning with other forty nine states, and international DMV offices. This campaign has been highly successful. The warning has swept the west, and ASF has received letters from many of the National DMV offices, stating that the steering lock warning will be included in their Driver Handbooks. The ASF steering lock devise warning will likely to be printed by all National DMV offices this year, proving the urgent need for this life saving warning internationally!

In the new century, ASF was an important contributing factor in the decision of General Motors to replace the steering lock with a modern/safe anti theft technology. GM, the world’s number one auto maker, has now set the industry standard for all auto companies. Ford also has one such vehicle in production, and ASF is requesting that all auto companies follow the GM example.

The automobile is the International, number one cause of harm and death to young people ages one through twenty-four, and auto theft is reputedly the number one crime in the United States. Now once again in 2001, ASF is presenting the news media with the opportunity to save lives, help prevent auto theft, and help protect your own families, by reporting this urgent international news.

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