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Old 12-10-2006, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Real crash worthiness story

I saw this posted in the general area by a firefighter...thought I would share it here:

I was responding to a MVA head on. This accident involved a Subaru Tribeca and a newer style Dodge Intrepid. Now both vehicles where traveling at approximatley 58mph. The driver of the Dodge Intrepid was killed in the accident. The driver of the Tribeca was injuried but will survive and make a full recovery with only a broken leg. But after looking the vehicles over, I was extremely impressed at how the vehicle survived and protected the driver. Yes the tribeca was a mangled mess but it was designed in such a way that the front end crumpled in many spots. The motor actually broke away and it was underneath the passenger floor. I mean it's hard to say in words how impressive it was but subaru technology is absolutely amazing!! I'm very happy to say that I own a subaru. I will try to get pictures of it for you guys to see.
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:52 PM   #2
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Do you have the link? I hate to think of that happening, but I feel good about the car(s) I own. (all Subarus)
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Old 12-11-2006, 12:18 AM   #3
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While it would be a mistake to use any single accident as confirmation of safety differences between vehicles-
It's certainly one of the reasons why I chose the Tribeca. It's a bit comforting to know that I didn't compromise on safety here. Since I ride a motorcycle, fly hang gliders and paragliders- it's nice to know that at least one thing I do is safer than average.
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Old 12-11-2006, 01:38 PM   #4
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Do you have the link? I hate to think of that happening, but I feel good about the car(s) I own. (all Subarus)
Here is the thread http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1154227

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I'm a firefighter here in the area and I can attest to how hard it is to cut through those B posts!! Subaru donated a brand new 05 RS over the summer at the car burns that we had. All types of cars where there, 14 cars and of all manufacture. Mind you these cars that they donated all had something wrong with them, some didn't run, some had some crazy quirks with them. But anyways, I broke all the windows out of the car and started to do a roof flap on it. I started to cut the B pillar and the jaws of life just quit, they wouldn't go any further, mind you these jaws will cut through about anything, but not the B post. I had to back off and pinch the metal about and below my first cut to weaken the structural support that it provided to cut through it. So if someone was to get pinned into their subaru and needed the jaws of life to be free'd from the vehicle your going to be in there for awhile, but we will have a helicopter waiting because of delayed extrication.

On the same note I know it's not an impreza but it's a subaru vehicle and the experience it worth sharing. I was responding to a MVA head on. This accident involved a Subaru Tribeca and a newer style Dodge Intrepid. Now both vehicles where traveling at approximatley 58mph. The driver of the Dodge Intrepid was killed in the accident. The driver of the Tribeca was injuried but will survive and make a full recovery with only a broken leg. But after looking the vehicles over, I was extremely impressed at how the vehicle survived and protected the driver. Yes the tribeca was a mangled mess but it was designed in such a way that the front end crumpled in many spots. The motor actually broke away and it was underneath the passenger floor. I mean it's hard to say in words how impressive it was but subaru technology is absolutely amazing!! I'm very happy to say that I own a subaru. I will try to get pictures of it for you guys to see.
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:03 PM   #5
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I've got some personal experience on this one. Back in 2003...I was hit nearly head on by a drunk driver who crossed over 3 lanes of traffic on a mountain road. We were both moving at a good rate of speed...the impact tore off all four of my wheels, blew out all my windows, spun me thru a large turnout and over the side of a 200 foot embankment. Luckily, the car (a 2000 Outback) was caught perfectly by 3 trees that kept me from falling that 200 ft drop. I had some broken ribs, lacerations, shoulder injury, etc.....but I lived thru something I probably shouldn't have. I swear by these cars now...have owned an '03 Outback and now an '07 Tribeca since then...and I think this is probably the safest one yet! It's re-assuring knowing you have a good chance...just in case the unspeakable happens....which it can, in just an instant!
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