OnStar Saved My Life

Most of you know I have three kids. One child locked my only set of keys in the car, necessitating a call to a tow truck service. One child who locked herself out of the house, requiring a trip to the apartment office. And I have locked one child in the car. With the keys. While he was in his carseat. Who is nonverbal.

Yeah, I got talent.

While I was driving the Chevrolet Traverse a couple of weeks ago, I had to stop and get gas. I turned the ignition off, leaving the keys in the ignition like I do ALL THE TIME in my Explorer. Jamey was in the backseat, enjoying the view out the sunroof. I pumped my gas quickly, peeking at him from time to time. Then I heard it.

The locks engaged.

My purse was in the car.

My wallet was in the car.

Most importantly, my 2 year old was in the car.

*insert lots and lots of cursing here*

I had my cellphone in my pocket so I called my husband. I was so ready to call 911. You guys don’t even know. He jumped in the car and came down to the gas station where I was, which was thankfully only a few blocks away. Longest 5 minutes.

Jamey was still occupied in his seat, just hanging out.

CJ gets there and calls OnStar. Jamey is starting to get a little agitated. There’s Daddy, and he wants Daddy to play with him.

The Traverse’s OnStar wasn’t registered. Can’t unlock it without registering.

I have to walk away at that point. I just want to smash the window, call the cops, call someone to get MY BABY out of that car.

And no, OnStar, the kid in the 5 point harness, who is nonverbal can’t unlock the doors. We don’t want him learning that skill while we’re going down the highway at 65 mph, do we?


No, we don’t.

So he calls the Chevrolet store, and gets a hold of David Tong, one of the managers down there. He quickly calls OnStar to register the Traverse. Five minutes after that, CJ calls OnStar back. Five very long minutes after that, I have my Jamey back in my arms.

The whole ordeal was less than 30 minutes, but I swear I have a whole handful of new gray hair because of it.

Thank you, OnStar. Thank you, David Tong.

About the Author: Kristin Holt Duncan is a Houston area extreme couponer. She enjoys saving money on the foods that her family actually likes so that she can spend more money on things like Nutella. And Danskos. And Coach purses. You can find her elsewhere on the web, below.

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