Earlier this month, Brittany Diggs, a 25 year old nursing student in Alabama, made headlines when she found herself in such a position. She was held at gunpoint and forced into a car trunk. In the end, she was able to escape, thanks to a special latch that everyone needs to know about.
Interior trunk latches have been required by law in all passenger cars since 2001, but many people don’t even know they exist or where to find it. That’s why TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen set up an experiment to see if everyday people would know what to do. Shockingly, not many did.
Luckily, Rossen spoke with Maj. Hector Llevat of the Miami-Dade Police Department to get the lowdown on what you should exactly do if you find yourself in this situation.
First, if your back is facing the opening of the trunk, flip your body around.
Second, look for a glowing lever to pull. It is usually located on the truck door.
Escape route, managed.
Maj. Llevat also suggests checking out the location of the latch in your own car — just for good measure.
If you’re trapped in a trunk, you could very well be tied up, so Rossen connected with retired Army Special Forces officer Mykel Hawke, who went over how to break free from a zip tie.
“Bring your arms up as high as you can, pull them into your stomach with as much force as you can,” he said. “You’ll overwhelm the locking mechanism and break free.” Watch the full video below to learn more.