A 60-year-old woman was forced by her son to sit in the boot of the sport utility vehicle (SUV), which she paid for, following a complaint by her grandson that the car interior was not spacious enough.
Sin Chew Daily reported that the police in Hubei, China, were stunned to find the woman huddled inside the car boot when they stopped the SUV during a road block.
The woman, known as Liu, said she had used her savings to get the new car for her son early this year.
"Several days ago, we left our home in Jiangxi to drive to Wuhan for a holiday. I was taking care of my four-year-old grandson along the way.
"However, the boy whined that the car was too narrow and he could not lie down to sleep.
"After hearing the complaint, my son asked me to sit in the car boot so his son could have enough space to rest," she said.
Liu also begged the police officer not to take action against her son.