Sydney firefighters rescue a toddler who was left trapped inside a locked car.

Emergency crews rushed to the aid of a mum who was left in tears as her daughter waited helplessly inside the family Volkswagen.

Firefighters and a locksmith arrived to help the one-year-old as the temperature quickly rose to extreme levels, reports 7 news.

A tarpaulin was used to block the sun in an attempt to cool the car down.

Fortunately rescuers were able to get the little girl out, breaking into the car before any serious damage was done.

Onlookers filmed the mother’s relieved reunion with her daughter, embracing her as she was rushed to safety.

What happened?

Witness Paula Santangelo told 7 News the Volkswagen Golf had automatically locked with the young girl still inside.

The family was at Five Dock visiting a local leisure centre, but as they were climbing out of the car it’s automatic locking system trapped the little girl inside along with the car keys.

Fireman Adam Long told 7 News the toddler grinned at him and was cheerful during the rescue.

“The baby gave me a nice little smile on the way through which was nice, but it was quite hot, it had to have been at least 50 degrees,” he said.

He said Volkswagen Golf were well known for having “deadlocks” on them.

“They’re always a difficult car to get in to”

Reminder to parents

NSW Fire and Rescue service has warned with the warmer months creeping in, the incident was a timely reminder of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars.

A spokesman said quite often it wasn’t a deliberate act and that children, along with keys were often accidentally locked inside cars.

Parents were warned to keep their keys in their pockets at all times.

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  • How terrifying I’d be selling that car asap. Poor Mumma, so glad they were able to get Bub out quickly. Had tears in my eyes reading this!


  • Very lucky here that they were able to get the child out so quickly. Volkswagon should look it to this and see if its a flaw in their system.


  • Really scary. By mistake locked inside and the car keys too. Luckily they were able to rescue her!!


  • How scary, this was a horrible accident. The worse thing is when parents leave children in hot cars deliberately, never ever leave your children in a car alone!


  • Oh dear, I can imagine this was a freaking incident to mum and baby.
    Glad this story has a good ending.


  • A friend of ours had a car that was supposed to unlock its doors when you pushed the button on the keys holder. It was hopeless. Sometimes it would take ages to unlock. In the meantime the stupid alarm would go off and wake the neighbours up. It was taken to be fixed several times. it would be OK for a few weeks then start doing it again. It wasn’t a VW. They got rid of the car.


  • I think Volkswagon should fix this problem before a child or pet get trapped again.


  • Gosh how horrible must the mum feel. I hope both mum and bub are ok.


  • That poor little girl, glad that she was reunited with her mother quickly.


  • Luckily no harm was done the outcome could have been horrendous


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