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Jul 23, 2009

OnStar Pushing 'Car Chase' Avoidance

Call it factory LoJack: OnStar has unveiled OnStar Ignition Block, a feature that lets law enforcement disable a car's ignition once it has been stolen. The idea is to avoid dangerous car chases that could put the public, the police, or the thief at risk.

In addition, OnStar claims it already works with law enforcement to attempt recovery of about 600 stolen vehicles per month using the service's embedded GPS chip. OnStar also helps slow down cars that are involved in chases--against the will of the thief.

The new Ignition Block capability is available on selected 2009 and 2010 GM vehicles equipped with OnStar, and will build on the company's Stolen Vehicle Assistance services already in effect.

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