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Accidentally locked out
My wife had an incident with our 2006 Prius where she thought she was locked out. She had thrown the lock switch on the driverside door armrest with her smart key in her purse on the floor behind the back seat. All the passenger doors then locked but the back hatch was partially open. She ended up climbing through the back and over the seat to retrieve her purse.
When she told me this, I felt I had to recreate the situation. I had been under the impression that you couldn't lock yourself out with the smart key in the car. Here's what I found:
If the keys are in the car, the rear hatch is open, you throw the inside lock switch, and you shut the driver door, all the passenger doors will lock without a beep or a flashing signal.
However, if shut the rear hatch (scary), the car will beep, lights will flash, and all the doors will unlock.
Can I therefore say that it is impossible to lock the Prius if you have a smart key system and smart key is enabled on the dash?
Second issue: Suppose that you disable smart key and lock the doors (I guess that's possible). I have been told by someone else that they were able to call someone at home and have that person to use the matching remote fob to beep "unlock" over the telephone. The person near the car then holds the cell phone close to the car and the car unlocks. Sounds incredible to me but sounds like a new experiment.