Last week, a man became trapped inside a 2007 Corvette C6 coupe, and ridiculously, phoned 911 for assistance.
How is this possible, you ask? Well, the man was walking by a closed dealer lot when he saw a Corvette C6 for sale. Having wanted one for some time, he decided to climb into the driver’s seat and shut the door, not anticipating that the electronic door locks would not function without the presence of the car’s key fob.
As the man remained trapped, trying to find his way out through the door or sunroof, temperatures rose, and he called 911 in a panic. His plight seemed to thoroughly confuse the 911 operator, who simply couldn’t understand how a person could become trapped in a car when the door wasn’t blocked or jammed. Finally, a passerby heard the man honking the horn, and came over to assist.
The Corvette C6 does have two emergency door lock releases: one under the driver’s seat, and one in the trunk. But, for the uninitiated, these would be difficult to find without the owner’s manual. The manual may not have been present.
We know, it’s easy to fault a man for failing to perform even the simple task of exiting a car that he climbed into. But let’s be honest; who expects an unlocked car, which was opened without a problem by two different people from the outside, to lock an occupant inside?
It’s a bizarre locking system on the Corvette C6, one where apparently the car can be accessed by a person without the key fob, but not exited unless the occupant knows where to look.
Don’t worry, though; you can still have a laugh at his expense. We certainly did.