Was driving to work on the 605 S on the carpool lane when an SUV crossed into my lane out of nowhere and hit me in the right front corner, causing me to spin more than a full rotation inside the carpool lane, hitting another car along the way, and coming to a stop.
Crazy! I take it that the carpool lane down there has restricted entry/exit points and the SUV might've violated them by disregarding the restrictions?
Glad to hear you're mostly ok.
GeorgeChevy wrote: Not sure why my back wheels ripped out as I didn't hit anything with them, my body shop guy said they appear to be aluminum which is why they sheared instead of bending (with steel). Doesn't seem to be a very safe design as there was no impact involved with the rear.
Perhaps a safety complaint w/NHTSA at safercar.gov is in order, if you feel the shearing off was an issue given the nature of movement in the accident.
AGES ago (way before the GM BK), I'd seen an ep of Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden (http://tv.msn.com/tv/series-episodes/be ... =16&ipp=25
) where they went behind the scenes at GM. During part of it, they showed some of the testing facilities at GM. I saw some fairly extreme stuff like cars intentionally being spun out or driving up and over curb at speed (that ran parallel to the road). Think driving along at 40+ mph, drifting slightly to the right, having one side end up on the sidewalk, then coming back onto the road. Boom boom! Boom boom!
You'd think that the Spark EV underwent similar testing... And, if it passed but a production car fails, it points to some manufacturing change or defect.
Ages ago, Saturn Vues had suspension collapses during NHTSA tests (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/27/busin ... quiry.html
), that later caused a recall (http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2004 ... 07686.html