A mother-of-three has posted a frightening warning to other parents who drive cars with keyless entry when her luxury car deadlocked itself on a hot summer’s day with her three children – one just 12 weeks old locked inside.
Despite numerous attempts to unlock it from the inside by her brave five-year-old, the car would not unlock stranding her children inside the dangerously hot vehicle.
The still shaken mum says the terrifying experience has left her so shocked she still can’t talk about it without crying.
The incident comes just weeks after a group of consumers in the US filed a class action claiming the feature of hands-free and remote locking and unlocking of car doors in some BMWs is defective, causing vehicles to “spontaneously lock” while keys and sometimes drivers’ children are inside the car.
Haidee Keegan from Sydney says that a month ago, on a hot Sydney day she put her three kids, aged five, two and just three-months-old in their BMW X5.
She says she put her baby, Scout in her car sear and placed her car key next to the baby capsule.
“I have done that as a regular practice, but this time I shut the door without first grabbing the key. “
She says “realising I’d left the key next to the seat, I went to open the door to grab it. But the door locked. I went around to the driver’s door. It was locked. I went to every door & boot, all locked.”
Haidee told The Motherish that she has no idea how the car became locked inside, she says she has a feature called "comfort access" which means you don't need to be holding the key to open and start the car, the key just needs to be nearby, or in the car.
“I couldn't understand when I tried to open the door why it wouldn't open.”
The vehicle had deadlocked itself.
Panicked Haidee instructed her son, Jett, 5, to unbuckle his seat belt and go and press the central locking button on the dash.
She says it did nothing.
“Then, I told him to open the doors, which he tried and couldn't. At this point I realised there was a problem.”
Haidee alerted the NRMA and Triple-0 while a passing friend tried to smash the window with a rock, but that too didn’t work, the rock simply crumbling to dust.
“My terror grew every minute” she told The Motherish “ At one point I asked a group of observers "why are they [emergency services] taking so long?"…I could see from the looks on their faces that it was becoming a long time and no-one knew how to help me further.”