911! I’m Locked In My Car…Oh, Pull Lock? Thanks

19064136_200x150There must be a human factors angle here somewhere in this story.  Perhaps the consequences of automation leading to out of the loop syndrome?  Click through to the story to hear the 911 call.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A woman locked in her car in Kissimmee called 911 on Tuesday.

“It’s getting very hot in here, and I’m not feeling well,” the caller told the dispatcher.

The woman said nothing electrical was working, so her locks wouldn’t open.
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The dispatcher calmly told her to pull the lock up with her hand.

“Um, I’m sorry,” said the woman, who was not identified, after the lock opened.

And, no, officials say, this was not an early April Fool’s Day joke.

2 thoughts on “911! I’m Locked In My Car…Oh, Pull Lock? Thanks”

  1. At first, I laughed and wondered if this woman was on meds. Then I realized just how easily this could happen again. When panic sets in, you return to what you know. This can easily happen again to the next person who is so accustomed to “automatic-everything” that they forget about physical controls! (Count me in that group; I’m guilty as charged. )

  2. This is serious. Some vehicles will disable even the MANUAL door locks if the key remote is damaged and sets the locks and alarm while you are inside the vehicle. It will not crank, the windows will not roll down, and the doors cannot be unlocked remotely, or manually. Landrover Discovery is such a vehicle. Trust me, I learned this the hard way… just today. If you even suspect that your remote is damaged or has gotten wet, do not trust it to function properly no matter how normal it may seem. Particularly in hot summer months, this could be deadly for yourself, and especially for young children. While police and others are laughing off the issue, and talking about Family Guy episodes, you will be baking inside your car. Enough said.

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