After the gearshift lights and seat belt buzzers came cars that locked us in as soon as the shifter went into drive, like a bank vault programmed for a long weekend: clunk. And this did not die after the era of K-Cars
and Cimarrons: There's a test-drive Corvette in my driveway right now, and the last time I tried to get out of it, I couldn't. The doors were locked. Sure, sure, I could have RTFM and then gone into the "program options for Driver 1/Driver 2" foolishness and specified that the car release me every time I turn off the ignition key. But does a default setting of Trapped make any sense? Not to this Luddite. Automatic locks were designed with safety in mind, but I sure don't want to be locked inside a crash-and-burn. In my work as an EMS volunteer, I too often watch firefighters stand by with hoses cocked as gasoline leaks from crashed cars while others work with pneumatic Jaws of Life to free the terrified, trapped driver. Me, I want explosive bolts to blow the doors off.