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On 05 Sep 2004 Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@MEL...> wrote:

> That would also agree with how Ukrainians transcribe English, but then
> OTOH I guess Russians use their _y_ for English /I/ too.

  According to Google, |safety car| is definitely spelt with front
{i} not with back {y} as {sejfeti-kar}, just as {veri gud} for
|very good|.

  As far as I know [I] is an allophone of Russian front {i} in
unstressed first syllables and in pretonic positions. Therefore it
is bound rather to {i} than to {y} also in foreign words.