Car trunks got emergency release handles because a middle aged woman and her husband escaped being kidnapped and fought for it until it became a requirement

There’s an Escape Release in Car Trunks Due to One Woman Kidnapped and Locked in Hers

(Image: Chris Dlugosz/Flickr)

Above the mantlepiece in the living room of Janette Fennell’s home, there’s a painting in whites and pinks and sweeping blues and yellows. At the center, an angel is holding a baby. Behind her, two others hover. And then, there, in the bottom right corner, are two small, human figures. In contrast to the soft strokes of the rest of the painting, straight lines trap them in a small, squat box. They’re crouched inside, squished together, one person’s head at either end.

“Here we are, in the trunk,” Fennell explains. “That’s my husband, and that’s me. That’s where our hearts would be.” She points to the soft yellow dot glowing inside each figure. “This picture is representative of what happened to us.”

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5 thoughts on “Car trunks got emergency release handles because a middle aged woman and her husband escaped being kidnapped and fought for it until it became a requirement”

  1. Watzamata-U

    “You know how much easier our escape would’ve been if there was just a handle?!”

    That’s a hard thing to argue with

  2. TearBoth

    Do we still get to kick the lights out first?

  3. pleasenostop

    My dad actually taught me about this when I was growing up. I might have been around 9 when he showed me where to find it. He had me go into the trunk, closed it (the back seats were down, so not like I could have been accidentally stuck and he was right there the whole time) and had me open the trunk with the little handle. He had all of our siblings try it out.

  4. idcwtfsmd

    I did not know this. It explains: when I was car shopping and the guy was showing me a car I wasn’t super interested in, I said that I couldn’t consider that car unless the trunk fit two reasonably sized adults. Thinking he’d fuck off a little. Without missing a beat he popped it and said “no problem, plenty of room. But if you’re serious, you should know that there’s this hand release right here that you should cut first”.

    I didn’t buy that car, but goddammit I bought a car from him that day.

  5. tahlyn

    I thought it was because of that boy who hid in the trunk and died when he couldn’t get out?

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