Fact Check: Car Hack Can NOT Save Your Life -- Secret Button In Gas Tank To Open Doors Doesn't Exist

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Car Hack Can NOT Save Your Life -- Secret Button In Gas Tank To Open Doors Doesn't Exist Fake Car Talk

Is there a car hack that can save your life -- a secret button behind the flap covering the gas tank that can unlock the doors? No, that's not true: A video posted to a satire website claims to show a trick to help a woman who locked her keys in the car, but the secret button does not exist.

The claim appeared as a Facebook video (archived here) on May 11, 2021. It opens:

This Car Hack Can SAVE YOUR LIFE!! 😱

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on May 14, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri May 14 20:46:52 2021 UTC)

The video is posted on the Facebook page Sarcasm but is not identified as a satire video. It opens with a woman trying to reach the keys locked in her car through a small gap in an open window. She is unsuccessful but a man stops to help her and reveals a secret button inside the gas tank area of the car that will unlock the doors in an emergency.

At 29 seconds the man says:

All cars have an emergency button ... you know where it is? The fuel pump."

He is unable to find a button near the nozzle hole but peels off what looks like masking tape from the inside of the gas cap hatch and finds a button that he presses that unlocks the doors of her car. This button does not really exist as standard equipment.

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In one of the last frames in the video the license plate and make of the car are visible. It is a Toyota Vitz with a license plate from Malta.Screen Shot 2021-05-14 at 4.54.44 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-05-14 at 4.55.34 PM.png

The Vitz, also known as a Yaris, does not have a papered-over secret button under the fuel door, as multiple images reveal here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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