Locked in can be as bad as locked out

2015-11-24 06:00
 Motorists must be careful not to accidentally (or on purpose) lock people or pets in their vehicles this summer.

Motorists must be careful not to accidentally (or on purpose) lock people or pets in their vehicles this summer.

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Given the current drought in most parts of the country and inevitable heat, it is worth reminding motorists with keyless vehicle remotes or car deadlocks to understand exactly how they operate to prevent accidental lock-ins this summer, even where there is an adult left in the car.

Cars with a deadlock system prevent the doors being opened from inside the vehicle, without the remote. A motorist in Australia recently reported an incident where his wife remained in their car at a shopping centre while he went inside. As the member walked away he accidentally deadlocked the car leaving his wife trapped inside, unable to open either the doors or windows.

The deadlock function in many vehicles is activated by pressing the lock button twice on the remote. Deadlocks are intended as a theft deterrent to prevent a car being entered even if the windows are smashed.

Auto-locks and deadlocks are features intended to offer extra protection for the driver and vehicle, but it’s important to understand how they function and whether there’s a manual override.

On a 32°C day, the temperature inside a parked car with the windows and doors shut can reach more than 70°C, so there is a need to act quickly in the event that anyone is trapped inside due to confusion with the locking system.

More information about locking features is available from the vehicle’s owner’s manual or from the dealer, so it is important that motorists familiarise themselves with their car’s locking system so as to prevent possible tragedies.

Till next time – take care to know what technology you have bought into for your vehicle.

– Eugene Herbert

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