Aggressive driving activates side air bag curtains
Comments with alan1320x's post:
Paul Beiswenger with Lopez Tires and A&D Autosport got a big surprise while drifting at Milan Dragway in Milan MI. The passenger suffered burns on her right arm.
So you can't drift your Fifth gen Camaro without getting burned by your airbags?
Shamelessly copied from Justin Hyde at Jalopnick.com:
Justin awaits a response from General Motors, adds this speculation:
Our guess is the accelerometers used by the air bag system to sense when a crash happens got just enough g-force to assume the Camaro was about to smack something hard — but it's an unusual way to spoil not just a track day but the view on the ride home.
The trackside ambulance crew used rip shears to remove the deployed curtain air bags.
UPDATE: GM response (as posted in Jalopnik):
GM's Alan Adler said this: It is unusual to have this occur.
However, it is possible for a driver to create conditions where the air bag sensors believe a rollover is imminent. This can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment.
On rollover side curtain bags, the vehicle's rollover sensing system is looking for a certain set of factors that "predict" a vehicle is going to roll over.
The airbag system cannot wait until it is too late to deploy the airbags.
Drifting or creating a situation that has a certain combination of speed and vehicle angle can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
Early morning fire destroys old and new school muscle cars in Oregon
Jack Morgan, writing for The Register-Guard, filed this report Saturday:
Indar Bhan said a raging fire that destroyed a 3,300-square-foot building outside his northeast Eugene home early Friday could have been much worse.
“It’s a pretty big loss, but what’s important is that we’re all safe,” a grim-faced Bhan said after stepping away from the smoldering remains of the structure that housed his “man cave,” his children’s recreation room and three hot rods, along with a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, a recreational vehicle, several all-terrain vehicles and a gun collection.
Bhan said he called 911 at about 6 a.m., moments after his wife awoke him to say the building — which is about 100 feet from their home in the 28400 block of Kokkeler Road, southwest of the Eugene airport — was ablaze.
Lane Rural Fire/Rescue Capt. Chris Heppel said he arrived at the scene about nine minutes after Bhan’s call, and immediately realized that he’d be needing plenty of help to extinguish the fire. “Half of the roof had already collapsed, all the windows were broken out and 30-plus-foot flames” shot into the sky, Heppel said. “It had been going for a while,” he added.
Although virtually everything inside the structure was destroyed, the first items fire officials mentioned as being lost were three classic cars. The vehicles — a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda, a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and a 1969 Ford Mustang convertible — “were all sweet cars,” Bhan said. Heppel said that after realizing they couldn’t save the building, firefighters moved several ATVs, a boat and a horse trailer away from the burning structure, and made sure flames didn’t spread to any surrounding property. Crews from the Santa Clara Fire District and Lane County Fire District No. 1 helped Lane/Rural firefighters extinguish the blaze.
Shamelessly lifted from Jalopnik.com: Muscle car collection destroyed in fire by Tom Joslin.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
A sign that some parts of the economy are improving:
From Rick Kranz at Automotive News:
Despite the $75,000 price tag, it took General Motors Co. just three minutes yesterday morning to sell 100 special-edition 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles, prepared for the annual Nieman Marcus Christmas catalog.
The Camaro quickly sold out after the car appeared on NBC’s Today Show and the telephone reservation process was announced. Production is limited to 100 cars
The Neiman Marcus Edition is defined by an exclusive “deep Bordeaux” exterior color, accented by subtle, “ghosted” rally stripes. The exterior color is complimented by a matching fabric top and a windshield frame finished in matte silver, both also exclusive to the Neiman Marcus edition.
Read more HERE
Wow, $2.5 million worth of sales a MINUTE.
Mike “FossilMedic” Ward