• Feb 4, 2007

Here's the scenario: You've locked your keys in the ignition of your Mazda3. Now there's an alternative to caving in the passenger's door to regain access to your car without wasting those precious cell minutes calling AAA. Apparently, all you need is a tennis ball (with a strategically placed hole burned into it) to get into your car. Check out the how-to video we've included after the jump that shows just what we mean. Now you just have to be sure you lock your keys in the car at either the sporting goods store or the country club.

[Source: techblog]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      There was a car in the video?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I used a plunger a few minutes ago and no soap.
      But I thought that one could make a rubber adapter and use a co2 fire extinguisher and do it .. if you really wanted to.. might be fun..
      it this an april fools joke..
      The lady is a real Fox however..
      • 8 Years Ago
      It only works on poorly built Eastern European cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      people, this was on the news recently, and you don't ned a tenis ball, you can just hit your car slightly above and to the left of the key adn it will open, it's a fault of the mechanism.

      Mazda messed up adn will be re-calling all Mazda 3's for a repair.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW!! I would have thought Autoblog would have caught on to the fact this is a video of a couple college kids trying to start an Urban Legend. A previous poster nailed it when he said that a person off camera used the key fob to unlock the door. I once tricked my little brother into believing my car was voice activated by shouting "unlock" while pressing the keyfob I had in my pocket. He was 10 years old!!!

      Come on Autoblog, think about the mechanical physics behind something like this. It's a another web generated hoax.

      I fully expect my 60 year Aunt to soon send me a chain letter warning of people carrying tennis balls thru the local parking garages!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a budding young car thief, I really appreciate AutoBlog's attention to detail. Now i won't have to buy all that expensive equipment. Thanks!

      ps: I though you guys wrote about cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      A few weeks ago three vehicles were broke into in the school parking lot while I was attending my son's cub Scout meeting. They just smashed the windows. I'm pretty sure that in all three cases, the cost of the window replacement was more than the stolen items.

      Ironically if the theives successively used tennis balls instead of hammers it would have been better for all. Just a different perspective. I'm not arguing for not locking your cars. I don't think.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HEllo!? how do we know the guy behind her with the camera isn't usen the damn key fob to unlock the car. FAKEY! Autoblog what the hell is wrong with you? Posten this kinda crap. BAH!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you Autoblog for providing useful information. Now, since I'm an intelligent human being, I realize that I should do some more research to find out if my car is susceptible, understanding that the people that want to break into my car already know if it works. 'Just like the bic pen kryptonite information that caused the recall of the kryptonite locks. Valuable consumer information.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, just wondering, but do you all realize this is an automotive news publication?

      God forbid they actually post relevant news on... cars. ZOMG!

      I'm sure you all believe books and other media like the Anarchist's Cookbook and Harry Potter should be BANNED for the good of ... your paranoid opinions.

      Did people forget what it was to be American? A video like this isn't going to turn someone into a thief. Thiefs steal things, they don't need Autoblog to tell them to do so. In the end, the decision is still yours.

      In America, we have free exchange of information... or at least, that's what it was supposed to be. Instead, now we have a society that wants to tell everyone else what information to absorb and what not to absorb. As a result, we have raised multiple generations of people who do not think for themselves.

      Maybe I should make a video about stealing a car by taking someone's keys and starting then driving off. Maybe you'll all chastise me for "OMG every1 will become thieve now!!111~~~"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott Davis, please ignore all of the silly holier than thou comments and keep the posts coming. Some people think we should keep our heads buried in the sand, but instead of leading by example the shout at the rest of us to do it first. As long as it's automotive related and of reasonable quality or at least entertaining I'm happy to see it here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, 3-5, 8-10:

      Please go back to your porch with your cane and rocking chair and go yell at the kids who are playing on your grass.


      knowledge > ignorance

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