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Dealer Accidentally Remote Starts Mustang Right Into a Pond (9 pics)

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  • 30 Mar, 2010  |
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Here is what an employee from Brandon Ford has to say:
After reading many posts of the last few days that were either incomplete or just entirely inaccurate, I decided that it was finally time to set the record straight.
The incident involving the Mustang that drove itself, unoccupied, into a body of water, occurred at our dealership.
The simple, unquestionable facts of this unfortunate event are as follows:
• The vehicle was equipped with a remote start system.
• The system was installed in such a way as to circumvent the factory safety
systems that would have prevented it from starting in gear.
• By the vehicle owner's own admission with a County Police Officer present, he stated that he personally installed this aftermarket system and intentionally disabled the factory safety system.
• The vehicle owner used a remote that did not have a "start" button on it.
• The vehicle owner admitted that he never notified our service personnel of the remote start system on his vehicle.
• Despite numerous posts to the contrary, the emergency brake had been set when the vehicle was parked. This was verified by the recovery team.
• The method that was used to park and secure the car is in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
• The service personnel simply attempted to unlock the vehicle with the remote which led to the remote start event.
• The vehicle owner had conversations with a remote starter installer prior to the installation. He was advised that his chosen method on installation was "unwise."
• Several posters advised the owner against his choice even calling it "irresponsible behavior."
Despite industry professionals advising against his method of installation, the owner of this vehicle apparently chose to ignore this advice.
We were extremely fortunate that no one was injured as a result of this as we would be discussing who would be held criminally negligent had there been an injury or death.
In light of some of this information, I hope that many of you will start to contemplate the safety of yourselves, your friends, or even your families.
Through reading these blogs, I have come to understand that this is an all too common decision made by people on their vehicles.
Perhaps this event, however unfortunate, will shed some light on what we believe to be an extremely dangerous and irresponsible modification being performed on many vehicles.
This should serve as a wake-up call to anyone considering performing this modification to their vehicle. Thankfully it was only a car lost and not a life.


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№1 Author: the_dado_666 (30 Mar 2010 05:53) Total user comments: 2350


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that sucks!
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№2 Author: yavzas (30 Mar 2010 08:03) Total user comments: 167


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№3 Author: Ty Webb (30 Mar 2010 10:08) Total user comments: 6156


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I have been in the car business for 18 years and have heard about and witnessed similar events.

When ever someone does something as stupid and selfish yes selfish because this kind of stupid stupid act they are putting others in danger we would refuse to do any warranty work on the car because the car is now altered and is no longer up tp factory standards. If the car was no longer covered by the factory warranty we had the customer sign a release listing not only how the car was altered but removing any responsibilty of the dealer or factory for any problems the car may have or end up having in the future even if such problems could not be directly linked to the modifications done by the owner of the vehicle.

I have tons of stories and information but I just realised none of you really care to hear/read about me going on and on about this so I am just going to stop here and say that if you want to discuss this more you can e-mail me or send me a personal message thru this site by clicking on my name as it appears in blue in the green heading of my comments.


kayyyyyyyyyy bye. 73
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№4 Author: VelveTongue (30 Mar 2010 10:26) Total user comments: 1052


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№5 Author: Nomad (30 Mar 2010 11:03) Total user comments: 0


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What An A** That Is An Awesome Car. What A Waste. The Person Who Owns That Car Should Be Arrested For Stupidity.
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№6 Author: salsapopo (30 Mar 2010 14:54) Total user comments: 12723


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???????????????
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№7 Author: Dallizzt (30 Mar 2010 15:57) Total user comments: 1467


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Nomad,

LOL I'd have to agree with that. 13
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№8 Author: 2fuzzy (30 Mar 2010 16:23) Total user comments: 10400


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№9 Author: gerachev (30 Mar 2010 19:12) Total user comments: 1600


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№10 Author: aks3167 (30 Mar 2010 20:07) Total user comments: 1674


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informative , i love mustang cars , nice car . 01
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№11 Author: zenone (31 Mar 2010 01:18) Total user comments: 335


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idiot
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№12 Author: garage (31 Mar 2010 15:13) Total user comments: 0


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Remote start is problematic in manual transmission cars, because there is complicated procedure to suht off engine and leave car (reservation mode) for next remote start, and if there is defective component of wrong done instalation, its possible to start on gear. Also, can be done on automatic, but there must be intentionally left "D" or "R", and bypassed relay disconecting starter on gear positions. And! in all cases, if you have remote start, then you MUST pernamently bypass stock immobiliser system (sopisthicated digital lock of engine control unit), and car can be stolen by every man (or woman:) with few wires, and some usual tools from tool box. "Tear off head screws" on steering wheel lock can be easy unscrewed.
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№13 Author: khannibal (7 Apr 2010 22:33) Total user comments: 4711


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№14 Author: paul86 (19 Apr 2010 15:48) Total user comments: 360


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