This Michigan mom wants to warn others about keyless entry vehicles after her baby got locked into the car.
Keyless entry was created for convenience. Keyless entry is when you don’t have to use your key fob to unlock the door. Many keyless entry cars will unlock when you walk up to the vehicle. This technology will unlock on its own so that you don’t have to fiddle with your keys or your fob. The keyless entry is supposed to prevent the key from being locked inside the car.
Sadly, the keyless entry didn’t work the way it was supposed to for Michigan mom, Katie Corbin. Katie stopped to fill up her car while her son was left in the car. As she walked to the pump she could hear the doors lock while her keys were inside. She began to panic because she didn’t know how to get her child out of the car.
Katie pulled up to the gas station and thought the trusted keyless entry wouldn’t lock once she got out of the car. However, she learned that she should be wary of such technology. It was 90 degrees outside and the car was getting really hot. Katie’s one-year-old son, Joey, was in the car, as it was heating up by the second. Katie didn’t think about grabbing her keys because the door shouldn’t have automatically locked itself. The mom said she felt so helpless because not only were her keys and her son in the car but so was her phone.
She could see her son crying and trying to reach for her while he was strapped in his car seat. Katie was able to grab the attention of onlookers and they called 9-1-1 for her. One woman, along with an off-duty firefighter, ran over with a mallet. The door wouldn’t open and it took over 10 minutes for the police to arrive. They were able to open the door for Katie, she quickly grabbed her son and brought him into her arms. Corbin said, “he was just pouring sweat and I got him out and he stopped crying immediately, just laid his head on my chest. I just squeezed him and held him.” It was quite the traumatic day for Katie as well as little Joey, but thankfully Joey was fine.
Katie had bought the 2018 Chevy Malibu a month prior. She immediately called the dealership and told them that her doors locked when she got out of the car. They told her that if you do leave a key fob inside of a purse, or other types of fabric, then the signal can be cut off. Katie wants to warn other people about the dangers of keyless entries and let them know that they shouldn’t trust technology with their little babies. Technology failed her and baby Joey. She claimed she would never leave her key fob in the car ever again.