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  Reply # 1199992 18-Dec-2014 14:45
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geekiegeek: To be fair they showed the car on Seven Sharp recently and the door lock didn't stand out as such. It just looked like part of the plastic surrounding the handle itself - design over function. 


To be possibly unfair, the latch was exactly where it has been on just about every car in the last 20 years! Even my '94 nissan only shows the fluro stripe when it's in the unlocked position. I still found the lock without trouble. I must say when I saw it on TV the other night it cheered me up no end though, was a fabulous laugh!







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  Reply # 1200005 18-Dec-2014 15:24
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  Reply # 1200023 18-Dec-2014 15:43
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wasabi2k: I had a similar experience over the weekend.

Jumped into car, went to turn the ignition, no dice, wouldn't turn. Immediately suspected the keyless fob thing - tried using the emergency key, still no turn.

5 minutes of panic - lights work, battery is ok.

Then i moved the steering wheel slightly. Steering was just locked from when I parked - so couldn't turn the key.

Felt like a dick - lucky only my 5 year old was with me.

Been driving for 14 years - I blame lack of sleep.


it's ok. these things happen. do not panic. panic is removes rational thinking and logic to get you out of trouble. easy to say, harder to do.



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  Reply # 1200031 18-Dec-2014 15:51
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scuwp: They walk amongst us...


easy to laugh at other people.

but my mother could not/would not/may not/will not be able to operate the VCR/iphone/ipad

my father on the other hand will try hard as he can to learn, sometimes not very successfully so

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  Reply # 1200037 18-Dec-2014 16:10
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I spent an hour last weekend crying at my Line Trimmer because it wouldn't start.
Turns out I'd bumped the choke on with the belt on my pants, hadn't realised, and just assumed the choke was still in the correct position.

So I spent an hour trying to start it, but just keeping it flooded.

Eventually figured it out.

It's easy to laugh at others when something seems so clear cut and now, of course, I feel really stupid! I was really stupid!

My father had an iPad for 2 years before he realised it had volume buttons.

It's very easy to laugh at others (It's pretty much the only reason I'm on Twitter) but it's easy to forget we all do dumb things too...

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  Reply # 1200045 18-Dec-2014 16:33
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how did they lock them self in to start with?

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  Reply # 1200047 18-Dec-2014 16:38
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On my Kia it appears to be possible to open the front doors from the inside even when they are locked. I assume they are mechanically linked to the locking mechanism to allow egress if a total power loss occurs while the doors are locked. As a backup there is a release lever on the inside of the tailgate, hidden under a plastic flap.

I worry about my mother attempting to drive the new vehicle that my father has just bought. She struggles to tune a radio or change TV channels, and she can't use a microwave oven unless it has rotary controls, so there is no way she would cope with the electronics on a modern car.

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  Reply # 1200052 18-Dec-2014 16:40
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mrphil: how did they lock them self in to start with?


Keyless entry cars will re-lock if the fob is not in the car.




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  Reply # 1200054 18-Dec-2014 16:43
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KiwiNZ:
mrphil: how did they lock them self in to start with?


Keyless entry cars will re-lock if the fob is not in the car.


oh i see 

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  Reply # 1200059 18-Dec-2014 16:45
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KiwiNZ:
mrphil: how did they lock them self in to start with?


Keyless entry cars will re-lock if the fob is not in the car.


Dependent on the car and usually something that can be changed by the dealership. 

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  Reply # 1200062 18-Dec-2014 16:48
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KiwiNZ:
mrphil: how did they lock them self in to start with?


Keyless entry cars will re-lock if the fob is not in the car.


but then how did they get into the car?

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  Reply # 1200071 18-Dec-2014 17:03
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It's clearly a slow news day. That story was news (and features in the ODT and online) around a week ago.



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I actually thought this was a lead in for this years Darwin awards.

Being temporarily stupid - Sure it's part of learning/Experience
Panic - everyone's human
Doing both for 13 hours straight???

"Mr Smith said his message for owners of "keyless"cars - not just Mazda models - was to educate themselves on how to operate their car before using it."

Hahaha remember: "Not just Mazda models"!

Sound advice Mr. Smith! But why limit it to keyless cars?

"particularly older people inexperienced in new technology" Sorry but how does anyone manage to become elderly without ever having to deal with new technology?

Best of the (many) punchlines: "He now knew the manual lock was the same as the inside door handle on many other vehicles."

Finally, Mrs smith wanting to get the word out there?? hahahaha I would not be telling anyone about this if it was me!

This is the funniest article I've read in a long time, surely it's not genuine?

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  Reply # 1200075 18-Dec-2014 17:11
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sbiddle: It's clearly a slow news day. That story was news (and features in the ODT and online) around a week ago.




Unfortunately, I bet it smashes hitclick records. I've read it on three separate occasions now embarassed

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  Reply # 1200076 18-Dec-2014 17:11
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Is it April 1?

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