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Emergency Trunk Release

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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