Automobile Safety Foundation

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

May 18, 2000

To: News Media


For over thirty years, most autos have been equipped with the hazardous and obsolete, spring-loaded steering lock, Steering locks cause accidents, have no merit whatsoever, and are chiefly responsible for the fact that auto theft has tripled since their inception in 1969.  Auto theft is the number one crime in the United States.

Now in the twenty-first century, General Motors is well underway abolishing the steering lock on most of their vehicles, and replacing it with a safe and effective dash board ignition, that employs modern anti-theft technology which is now a legal requirement on all vehicles sold in Europe. Ford Motor Company has also begun this remedial conversion.

ASF requests that the news media enjoin the efforts of ASF, GM and Ford, to help modernize the auto industry by making vehicles safer and harder to steal.  In all of world history, there has never been a better opportunity for the news media to help save lives, and prevent crime internationally. This is the number on, top news story, that is urgent, and essential for the progress of mankind.

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