Mom Warns of Keyless Cars After Son Gets Locked in 2018 Chevy Malibu

Mother warns of keyless entry cars after her son became trapped in one 6 photos
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A mother from Novi, Michigan, is using her own experience to sign the alarm on keyless entry cars, urging other moms not to “trust” technology because it can fail when they least expect it.
It happened to her last week, when the car locked itself with her 13-month son inside, as she came out to pump gas. It was over 92 degrees outside and though the child was locked only for 10 minutes or so, he was clearly distressed.

Now, Corbin is telling other moms, through her interview with ABC7, that they shouldn’t trust technology as much as they’re told, or their children too could be at risk. You can see her interview in the video at the bottom of the page.

Corbing drives a keyless 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, but she’s had other cars with keyless entry. However, this is the first time something like this happened to her – and she never imagined it was even possible. She had both key fobs with her, one in her purse and one in her diaper bag, but she didn’t imagine she could use them since she would only be gone a few minutes.

Because it was so hot outside, she closed the door. The moment she shut it, she heard the car lock and, as she panicked, she saw her child starting to cry, trying to reach out to her.

“I thought that having a keyless entry car meant that I could leave my key in my car while I went and pumped gas,” she says. “That was not the case.”

Bystanders came to her help and called 911 for her, since she’d also left her cell phone in her purse. The police arrived about 10 minutes later and helped her get her son out of the car.

“He was just pouring sweat,” Corbin explains. “I got him out. He stopped crying immediately - just laid his head on my chest, and I just squeezed him and held him.”

She says she called the car dealership to warn them of what she believed was a malfunction, but was told that fabric can sometimes cut off the signal from the fob. Both of Corbin’s fobs were inside bags, so this could explain why the car locked.

However, her lesson after this is that she must never trust technology again. “Technology failed me and my child was in harm’s way. Be careful, don’t trust technology,” Corbin concludes.

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