Parents stymied by childproof locks

About two weeks ago I took our van into the shop to have the driver’s door replaced, the wind had taken it twice in the past few months, breaking the hinges. Every time I drove the van and opened the door I was honestly afraid it would fall off, and with all our trips back and forth to Quebec, having the door fall off would not be a good thing. So into the shop it went for three days.

A few days after I picked up the van, I noticed that the sliding door on the driver’s side was starting to act a bit funky, sometimes it would open, sometimes not. We didn’t have time to take it back to the shop, because we were off on one of our whirlwind trips to Quebec and back. On the drive to Lennoxville, we had the teenage boy and our beagle Cocoa sitting in the middle of the van. At this time the teenage boy also noticed that the door was being funky; there were a few times that he was able to open the door, then no matter how much he pulled, it would not slide open. I was pretty sure he was going to break it, so as inconvenient as it was for him, I yelled requested he use the passenger side sliding door.

On the way back from Quebec, the door continued to be a problem for us, so as soon as we arrived home, I phoned the autobody shop and explained the funky door (yes, I did say funky, a word I’m sure mechanics just love! I took the van in and went home to await the verdict on the door, believing it was most likely the electronics that were the issue since they had been transferred from the old driver’s door to the new one. Well wasn’t I in for a surprise when the autobody shop phoned me! Apparently someone had turned on the childproof lock on the sliding door stopping it from opening. Now my youngest is 19 years old, so I have no reason whatsoever to use the childproof lock. I went and picked up the van feeling exceptionally embarrassed, thankfully the mechanic was very understanding, stating that I was not the first person to make this mistake and would not be the last.

Picture of the childproof lock on our van door

27 Replies to “Parents stymied by childproof locks”

  1. Funny! We get so used to them when we have small children, but we forget so quickly once they’re older. I’ve seen people struggle with our kitchen cupboards, when it’s such a simple manoeuvre 🙂

  2. It’s happened to me before and had me stumped. Even so, it would stump me again in a minute I’m sure. Better being embarrassed then having to remortgage your home to pay for the repairs.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  3. Not one thing wrong with funky! I also like wonky! A good word that works just about everywhere! Childproof locks….a very nice thing after you find out they’re there but I had similar experience to you in that I didn’t know they were there and thought the door was defective – no such luck, just my overloaded brain never realizing……

  4. If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t know for years that those locks even existed. I just yelled at the kids when they opened the doors. Like, on the freeway. Yeah.

  5. I use funky. Its a good companion for ‘fudge’ -to fine tune or adjust or the adult version of ‘oh darn it all’.
    Had the same problem with a brand new van, in my case it was three year old niece who tuned me in and she was not as polite or understanding like your mechanic.

    Enjoyed the read; it went well with my first cup coffee. And that is the highest compliment I can extend on a early Saturday morning.

    1. Thank you for the compliment and I hope you enjoyed your coffee. I have no idea how the lock was turned on, the dog maybe? I don’t think childproof locks are a good idea since only children seem to know how they work! Oh well, I doubt this will be my last embarrassing moment. Have a good weekend.

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