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Old 11-08-2008, 03:12 PM
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Air bags, yes they save your life, but they don't save you from injury.

This is something shops see way too often. It seems like it is mostly the domestics, the cars that have a low re-sale to begin with. The bags blow, and wham, the car is a total as this Focus is. Yes, there was some structual damage under the bumper, but nothing much more than the bumper absorber, reinforcement and a bolt in composit rad support. Next to nothing on the hood or fenders, we are talking metal finishable damage needing no filler, the damage is that minor.
Regular seat belts would have been PLENTY in this accident. Hell, just lap belts would have done the job let alone the modern shoulder belts that this car has.

A minor crash like this no doubt HURT these people with those air bags going off in their face.

This little car was CLEAN, what a shame, it is off to the "re-cycle" yard. The sad part is, I will guarantee as sure as poop stinks, this car will be back on the road as a "rebuilder" with out air bags!

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Old 11-08-2008, 05:33 PM
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UGH! Thats what my wife drives a 2000 Zx3

The Hocus pokus mucus pukus mobile

Its been a OK driver & is obviously good on fuel. But I hate being in it. when you ride along side a semi & can look over @ the top of a 22.5 wheel @ speeds over 50 makes me uncomfortable ....VERY

I don't know why they are so quick to junk these things .possibly to use up that deal they have with the new car industry & new car sales ?

Disposable cars .

My wife needs two rims

At this point it most likely will be sold at the auction or go to the Bone yard. where it still could wind up back on the road ..if the Bone Yarder is a little sly & its a quick fix.

What I can't stand is they just junk it & charge it off as a total loose while insurance rate go up & up. I guess this could be how they insure they use up or make it look like they use up the money.

You notice you never get a refund check @ the end of the year if you didn't have any problems?



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Old 11-08-2008, 05:43 PM
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I don't know why they are so quick to junk these things .possibly to use up that deal they have with the new car industry & new car sales ?
I have to tell you Rob, it is just the opposite many times. The resale is SO high on many cars like Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys that we fix those darn cars with MUCH worse damage.

Old Camrys, 10 or 15 year old cars, the insurance company will spend thousands of dollars on them. This little Focus, just a couple years old goes off on the hook for less. It amazes me I'll tell you that.

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when i was workin at ed shults of warren a dude came in with a broken nose
'cuse his airbag went off in his new car for no reason didn't hit a thing seriously.
don't know what kind of car though didn't see it.
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