An elderly couple panicked and became 'trapped' in their new Mazda 3 hatchback after they had left their wireless key fob outside the car.
The couple did not realise it was possible to unlock the vehicle without the key while sat inside and as a result almost died after spending 13 hours locked inside
Health workers told the couple that they would have been killed had they spent just another half hour inside the vehicle.
Reports claim Brian had looked methodically for a way out of the car, and had even resorted to trying to breaking the window with a car jack, to no avail.
“Once I found out how simple it was to unlock it I kicked myself that I did not find the way out... I had this mind-set that I did not have the transponder [so I could not get out],” Brian told the Times.
The couple has since heard from five other car owners who have had similar experiences. The debacle has lead to the Mazda dealership who supplied the car vowing to provide more technical information on essential systems to elderly customers.