• Jul 13, 2007
As of September 1st, all new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs sold in Canada will have to be fitted with anti-theft electronic immobilizers as mandated by Transport Canada. Most carmakers have announced plans to equip their 2008 model vehicles in Canada with immobilizers as standard equipment, and the move has been widely applauded by Insurance Bureau of Canada as it will undoubtedly reduce vehicle thefts.

The electronic device is designed to arm itself automatically when the ignition is switched off to prevent any would-be Canuck car thieves from starting the car without the proper keys. It works by cutting off three vital contacts, the starter, ignition and fuel.

A study has found that of the top 10 most stolen cars in Canada last year, none were equipped with an approved immobilizer. In fact, the first car equipped with an immobilizer comes in at number 28 on the list.

[Source: AutoNorth.ca]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Good, only good came come out of this...except higher costs.
      Its really hard if not impossible to start a car with a well made immobilizer...from my experience hehe (engine swaps).
        Lee
        • 7 Years Ago
        Higher cost of the car maybe, but it will be highly outweighed by the money saved on insurance. Oh who am I kidding. Those greedy bastards will keep it for themselves.
      • 7 Years Ago
      About 6 or 7 years behind Western Australia. It has been mandatory here and there were all sorts of doom and gloom naysayers coming out about increased car jackings etc. Never happened and it didn't change the prices on cars much at all.
      Doug
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting stuff...personally I am in favor of doing away with keys altogether; at least here in Illinois the Driver's license has two optical codes on it as well as a mag strip. Thes contain all the information which is printed on the license, and can be used to verify if the person trying to start the car actually owns it or is authorized to operate it by the owner. The card-reading technology is already prevalent in our society, so there would be no excuse from Detroit et al that it isn't feasible. As to adding a "breathalizer" to the ignition system, I know several people for whom this is the only way they can currently drive. Most of them follow the rules and the rest of us benefit from this. Of course there are a couple of these folks who have figured out a way to defeat the system and continue to drink and drive; at least until they get caught again, hopefully without killing someone in the process. I would be in favor of making both these items mandatory in all vehicles (autos and trucks) because the safety benefits to the driving public far outweigh the minor inconvenience of having to prove to your car that you are the owner and that you are fit to operate it, thereby preventing the DUI rather than punishing it, and at least reducing the incidence of auto theft.
      Bruce
      • 7 Years Ago
      If laws could stop crime we would already be crime-free. New gadgets won't stop thieves, they're very inventive folks and will always find a way to work around whatever security device they encounter. Some people probably get a thrill out of beating new technology and will be glad to see these things mandated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      great idea. immobilize your car so no one will steal it. now the car thieves will have to mug you for your car keys. wouldn't it be easier if the government instructed auto manufacturers to put in thumbprint readers instead? oh... wait... if that were the case, you'd have a whole lot more finger amputees walking around canada.
      ricardo
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, remember how they used to hang horse thieves? Why not car thieves? Face the facts, many if not most white trash and niggers that start stealing cars move on to car jacking, robberies, and far to often, murders, not to mention the drugs that drag more and more into there folds. Now if you would nip it in the bud, just as you would a weed in a flower garden. You don't wait and let a weed grow to see how much damage it will do. If you don't remove garbage what's your neighborhood gonna be like? Pretty bad right, no difference between weeds and thieves both are garbage that need exterminated. Look, you don't take a weed and plant it in garden of weeds and make everyone pay to contain it when so often they escape the confines and wreak havoc. You know I'm right, you're just too soft and won't face the facts! It really boils down in a way to the old addage kill or be killed, and I want to live, how about you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      First, let me take the time to tell all of you to check out the article's only source. That website (AutoNorth.ca) has absolutely nothing to do with Canada, cars, or even the news. Interesting when someone who writes for a living (especially for the press) cannot write a proper bibliography.

      Second, let me also point out the stupidity of the study quoted and the author for failing to see the stupidity in said study: "A study has found that of the top 10 most stolen cars in Canada last year, none were equipped with an approved immobilizer." Does anyone else see the stupidity? If any of the top 10 most stolen cars had been equipped with an approved immobilizer, they would not be in the top 10, now, would they, seeing as how they would be nearly impossible to steal.

      It's a good product to place in cars to prevent theft, but it's a bad author who cannot produce a proper bibliography or see a bad quote in his own writing before he publishes it.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure it will reduce theft, but why does it need to be the Govt's business to mandate this? I still think it should be a market driven feature, promoted by the insurance companies. I'm not opposed to having an immobilyzer, it just bothers me when more an more regulations are put in place for things that don't impact the safety or air quality for others.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Anyone who thinks either capitalism or socialism is the only solution to everything is a blind zealot. The real world requires a mix of solutions tailored to the problem.

        You don't get clean air without tough government regulation. Visit Calcutta and inhale to see what no regulation gives you.

        This is a minor cost in the price of a car and drastically reduces thefts, especially from joy riding morons.

        At least one Canadian province also has government vehicle insurance. I wish it was in mine. They have the best rates in Canada from what I hear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        huhh Capitalism doesn't work for everything, and how does it not impact safety? every time i watch the news and there's a high speed car chase 9 out of 10 times its a stolen car, but i guess you would rather take that chance and let "market" decide.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This isn't socialism, this is corporate welfare. Canada has some of the most stringent crash regulations in the world, true, but the most stand-out are this and the bumper bash tests.

        The bumper-bash is what kept the Evo out, and continues to keep many other vehicles out. These things (theft, low-speed collision) cost the insurance industry money. Other claims cost them, too, but existing laws and designs that exist in all countries already cover those well. This is just a way to further reduce loss, and Canada is particularly spineless when it comes to the insurance lobby.

        The industry lobbies for tighter regulations. The goverment acceeds to the request. Socialism would be across-the-board govenment-provided auto-insurance. This is very definitely not socialism. Not even close.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "At least one Canadian province also has government vehicle insurance."

        Peter, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia have government Insurance. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia has been around since the early seventies and does provide the least expensive rates in Canada.
        • 7 Years Ago
        AMEN! However, Cadadians tend to be more socialistic rather than the generally Libertarian Americans. It isnt suprising it happened there and most people in that country probably wont see it as the government overstepping its bounds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's going to pay for those police? Instead of a wacked out conservative view that just looks at the short term, why not look at the long term. I'm very happy to not live south of the boarder where everyone in power seems to be afraid of their own shadow. People need to stop empowering fear and start doing something about the issue other then just using the boot on the ground method.

      Now on topic. Having come from BC to Ontario last winter I can say as a 26 year old male I pay over $1000 more a year for less coverage. Private insurance is a joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OTHER THAN TO SAVE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES MONEY, WHY WOULD YOU HAVE THIS DEVICE IN YOUR CAR? I'M SURE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT REBATE THE COST OF THE DEVICE TO YOU OR REDUCE YOUR PREMIUM BY AN EQUIVALENT AMOUNT. NOW IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO HAVE A WORTHWHILE IMMOBILIZER AS MANDATORY EQUIPMENT, INSTALL THE ALCOHOL DETECTORS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Glad I don't live in Canada. I look for vehicles without those damn chips. It cost my father $80 to have one spare key made because of those stupid chips. I have at least 5 spare keys for my truck. Four hundred bucks for keys? Blow me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Instead of penalizing car owners and manufacturers, why don't we increase the penalties on car thieves until stealing a car becomes unthinkable? Way too easy for governments to punish the innocent for the crimes of others, I guess...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why do I have to pay for their drug habit with more and more security devices on my car? I'm not the one stealing, but I'm the one being punished. Drug addicts definitely deserve help, but that doesn't include enabling (look it up in any non-addict's guide to dealing with addicts).
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