A mum has given a chilling warning to other parents after her baby son got trapped inside her car in sweltering heat when the smart key fob failed.
Nicolette Stewart described the moment seven-month-old Joseph became stuck inside her Nissan Pathfinder as "horrible" and has urged parents to be aware of the pitfalls of electronic locking systems.
The baby became trapped after the car self-locked and the 'intelligent key system' would not open the doors, reports 9Now's A Current Affair.
"It was horrible," the mum from the Sunshine coast said.
"You put your lives and your children's lives in their hands and you just can't trust it," added her wife Chloe Stewart.
The couple are convinced they were a matter of seconds away from tragedy and are using the experience to ensure other parents are fully aware of the risks of electronic locking systems.
RACQ or Royal Automobile Club of Queensland spokesman Paul Turner also has about smart keys.
"These cars are almost too smart for their own good," he said.
Queensland is currently experiencing temperatures of around 30C with seasons opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.
In April 2015, in a similar situation, an eight-month-old tot in Britain was saved by a police officer who smashed a car window in 23C heat – the hottest day of that year so far.
The baby was trapped after their mum accidentally locked her keys inside a Range Rover parked up in Surbiton, south-west London.
The child was finally freed when a police officer, PC Resteghini, arrived at just after 12.30pm and smashed the car's window with his baton, opened the door and got the child out.
Speaking to Radio Jackie News, the officer said: "We used one of the batons to gain entry to the car…the baby was safe and well and the mother was OK."
In August last year, Corine Bastide thought she was going to die in "terrifying" hot temperatures after crashing her car into a ditch in a remote Belgian woodland.
The 45-year-old was unable to call for help or get out the vehicle after injuring her spine.
Despite being severely dehydrated, she remained conscious and clenched her overwhelming thirst by drinking rainwater.
She was found in the Belgium city of Liège after more than a day, when her family raised the alarm to police, who issued a missing persons alert.
"The first night, my mobile didn't stop ringing," she said from her hospital bed. "I tried to answer it but I couldn't because my arm was too sore.
"The next day the phone was not ringing anymore I knew I had no battery."
She remembered losing consciousness every time she moved her arms to try to escape.
And she eventually managed to open the car door with her foot.
Corine added: "The most difficult thing was lying on pieces of glass. I tried to hoist myself up but I had the impression that my back was being torn."
While more than three years ago, a spell of hot weather in China caused a car to spontaneously combust just metres away from a busy traffic light junction.
The terrifying incident took place in Linyun County in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in July 2016.
In a video clip, flames can be seen engulfing the car as thick black smoke billows across the road, obscuring the view of fellow drivers.
The three people in the vehicle all managed to escape without injuries, thanks to the prompt response of the emergency services.
According to the investigation, the spontaneous combustion was caused by the hot weather and the fact that the car had been travelling on a long journey, causing the engine to get hot.
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