It’s a little uncanny that I pulled out yet another Meridian Immobiliser today to add to the Car Alarm Graveyard. I was intending to do a review on the security housing of the Dynatron Immobiliser but that can now wait until next week!
I’ve now lost count of how may Meridian systems I have removed. To date, I have yet to see one that has been installed to even a half respectable standard.
Speaking to the owners of the vehicles I have removed them from they were normally installed by a used car yard! However, the standard of the installation is not what I am looking at today. It is the Immobiliser security housing.
Meridian Immobiliser Case
The Meridian has two Torx 10 screws holding the case together which would probably take about 25 seconds to undo, I say probably because I haven’t actually got the stopwatch out and timed it, why would I when I can rip it open with my bare hands in 5 seconds? Much quicker than having to search in my toolbox for my rarely used Torx 10 screwdriver!
But it does comply with AS/NZ Standards!
I wrote a letter to the NZSA (New Zealand Security Association) about two years ago expressing my concerns over the lack of secure housing. They, in turn, wrote to the TF group that imports Meridian alarms with my concerns.
Here is their response:
“Our case is a softer plastic rather than a hard one, the manufacturer’s logic being that it can withstand an attack with a hammer, most hard cases can’t, they split or shatter.
The AS/NZ standards obviously have no problem with it as they approved it.
Once someone has located a unit, any unit, most of them are relatively easy to open and once you got that they are all started within seconds, as far as that side goes.”
Quite why anyone would need to take a hammer to one is beyond me when it is clearly easy to open with your fingers…
Oh well, enough said!
Obsessive Rating: Embarrassingly Poor!
Conclusive proof that AS/NZ standards are pathetic!
It probably goes without saying the Meridian fails to meet Thatcham standards