- PASS Key 3+, a sophisticated encryption system for the key, key cylinder and ignition system (Deters: Drive-away thefts)
- A more-robust steering column-lock system that makes it nearly impossible to maneuver the Escalade onto a flatbed. (Deters: “push-away” thefts)
- An available inclination sensor that sets off an alarm when the system senses an unwarranted change of the angle of the vehicle, such as would occur with towing, flat-bedding or lifting the vehicle. (Deters: towing, push-away, and wheel thefts)
- An available shock sensor intended to reduce content theft and push-away theft by sounding the alarm when the vehicle is “shocked,” such as by breaking window glass. (Deters: Property theft)
- An available new wheel lock system to help prevent the theft of Escalade’s wheels and tires.
Cadillac Blings Escalade Theft Deterrence
In August, we wrote about IIHS findings concerning the relative ease with which certain criminals could take your dubs, namely, your Cadillac Escalade. The report named the Escalade the most stolen vehicle per 1000 units, and the highest cost to repair stolen and damaged parts. This was unacceptable, we wrote, questioning the veracity of Cadillac for not making a secure vehicle, then requiring the very basic theft-deterrent features as an option on what is, essentially, a $60,000+ Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result of the IIHS findings, Cadillac tweaked a few safety components, calling the Escalade “well protected.” Now, four months later, the 2012 Escalade finally receives what the luxury brand says will be “a significant step in helping to reduce vehicle thefts.” The 2012 security enhancements:
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