<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>myxc90</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=67950" TARGET="_blank">S40 saved this young man's life, read about it here</A> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It was amazing how I walked out of the car with a couple scratches.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>david</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It was amazing how I walked out of the car with a couple scratches.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm really glad you're OK. But after all that, your family does not own a Volvo anymore. Hopefully, you've learned.
Our XC90 smashed by construction truck towing a Bobcat...shaken not stirred
Greetings-<p>One of my worst nightmares was realized today. My wife and three year old son were waiting to take a turn heading northbound.<p>A truck heading eastbound was cutoff by a turning car headed westbound. In the process of avoiding the turning car, the truck apparently hit my wife's car. He hit her hard enough to turn her car more than 100 degrees.<p>Mostly frontal crash, so side air curtains didn't deploy, wife hit her head on headliner pillar. Wishing the curtains came down, but understandable given the location of the impact.<p>Wife and son went to ER and everything checked out OK.<p>This could have been MUCH worse...It was a terrifying while before we all knew everyone was OK.<p>Volvo saved the day for my family...again.<p>With the utmost respect for the product....Mr. Kotter <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
Re: Our XC90 smashed by construction truck towing a Bobcat...shaken not stirred (Mr. Kotter)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mr. Kotter</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Greetings-<p>One of my worst nightmares was realized today. My wife and three year old son were waiting to take a turn heading northbound.<p>A truck heading eastbound was cutoff by a turning car headed westbound. In the process of avoiding the turning car, the truck apparently hit my wife's car. He hit her hard enough to turn her car more than 100 degrees.<p>Mostly frontal crash, so side air curtains didn't deploy, wife hit her head on headliner pillar. Wishing the curtains came down, but understandable given the location of the impact.<p>Wife and son went to ER and everything checked out OK.<p>This could have been MUCH worse...It was a terrifying while before we all knew everyone was OK.<p>Volvo saved the day for my family...again.<p>With the utmost respect for the product....Mr. Kotter <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Glad everyone is OK. You raise an interesting question with this post. When a vehicle is hit in this manner, seems like the various sensors should detect the sharp motion and deploy side airbags. I have heard that Volvo has/will inspect vehicles after accidents - would be interesting to get their input...
This past February, I was driving on Garden State Parkway North (GSP) near Edison, NJ in a bad snow/ice storm. I was carefully driving 20 MPH when I noticed a Ford Explorer to my right lost control, spun out and crashed the front passenger door. Luckily, I was able to get the shoulder and avoid any further damage from cars behind me. Although the damage was less than $5k to my car, I thanked God for not getting hurt and purchasing a Volvo. Thankfully the other didn't get hurt either.
Ok heres my story. I've had my XC90 for about 4 months now. I don't get to drive it much because it's my wifes car. Its a '05 V-8 with all the options. I normally drive a '86 Suzuki Samuria. It's a really nice samuria but non the less its a samuria. I stole the car from my wife. I try to drive it occasionally just to see how its driving and its alot more fun than mine. Anyway, I live in WA and it was raining. I had my 8 y/o daughter with me. It was raining and we came to a intersection near my house in the left hand turn lane. The intersection is fully controlled with left hand turn lanes for all diretions. The road I was turning onto has five lanes with a sixth, free right turn lane that allows cars to turn onto the road I was on in the oncomming lane. This lane creates a island between the right hand lane and the normal direction of travel lane that is right off of my drivers side door. This island has curbing all the way around it. To complicate things the intersection is at the base of a hill that I will be going up when I turn left, making the traffic going in the opposite direction having to stop at the base of the hill, which is the same lane with the island, to my left.<br>I was first in line in the left hand turn lane. My light turned green arrow. I am in the fire service and see alot of accidents so I am conditioned to clear the intersection prior to entering the intersection. As I looked to the left I saw a mid sized dump truck (not the duel axle, tag axle truck but a single axle one) with its wheel turned to the right sliding towards me and about to hit the curb. It was obvious to me that he was trying to stop at the light but the weight of his load, his failure to break sooner and the grade of the hill he was coming down was not allowing him to. He was'nt going more that 30 mph but was no more that 20 feet from me coming at me, just starting the break the stop bar for his lane. My reaction time was enough that I slamed on my brakes. throw it in reverse and at that time I remember seeing the truck slide past me as I was watching the front hood of my Volvo. It was so close that I remember noting that my headlights were on (it was daytime) because I noticed the blue light on the tires and fuel tank as it went by. <br>The truck did not hit me. My daughter was ok with some shoulder belt pain from the sudden stop. I was rolling forward to the stop line, I always hold short of the line due to big trucks cutting the corner off. <p>There are several things that I was thankful for. 1. I was not in my car which I am sure would have been hit due to the slow reaction of the stick, brakes ect. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been fatal for me and more that likely my daughter. My confidence in this comes from my 12 years plus of experience in the fire service 2. thank god for airb bags. Although I did not use them I remember thinking "air curtains" as the truck went by. T-bone accidents are one of the most, if not the most dangerous due to body impact to the offending vehicle. 3. the performance of the Volvo, Its breaking system. I don't do not believe I actually went backwards but I was able to get it in reverse. I would take a rear end accident that I caused anyday to a t bone accident, especially with a truck. 4. thank god for booster seats in the middle. My daughter was in the middle seat in the booster seat. 5. (which is actuall #1 but I didn't want to renumber everything) thanks god for curbing. The truck hit the curbing, went ontop of the island but the force of the truck hitting the curbing allowed the truck to redirect the travel back into his lane as he went by me.<p>I have thought alot about getting another car for me due to this incident. I've always had reservations about my suzuki but its practicality with towing it behind my motorhome and using it during hunting makes it useful. thanks for sharing. Jason
Myself and a colleague were traveling northbound on a major interstate at speeds of 80 mph when it suddenly starts to rain. Before I can turn on my wipers, several cars slam on their brakes (it was 5pm business hour traffic) and the car ahead of me made a 360 degree turn around and slide into the back of several vehicles. Thankfully, my brakes didnot lockup or lose control of car and was able to avoid what could've been a potentially fatal accident. The car performed as it is advertised!!! <br>
I was driving my 07 V8 on the right hand lane on a narrow two land freeway around 11 pm. There was a red coupe on the left lane about 30 feet in front of me. We were entering a curvy, two-lane section turn towards right at about 60 mph. <br>The driver in the coupe might have felt asleep or something. He slammed straight into the left concrete barrier. The moment he hit the barrier, I let go the accelerator and started to press lightly on the break. I was hoping that his would stop in the left lane. But the impact was so powerful that it bounced the coupe off to the right. The coupe spun twice while sliding across both lanes, hit the right barrier with the front again. Then bounced off, stopped in the middle of the right hand lane perpendicular to the traffic. I could see the liquids leaking off the coupe.<br>It was too close and too late to switch lane. I jammed the brake and watch the coupe getting larger in front of me as XC90 glides toward it. Just when I thought I would blind-side the coupe, I felt a faint bump then stopped. Nothing dramatic happen. I turned on the emergency signal right away. We both sat still for several seconds or so, the coupe managed to move a bit into the right side emergency lane. <br>I got out and checked the coupe. The driver and the passenger of the coupe sat still inside. All windows intact. Both seem OK. There were no visible sign of injury. The driver from the coupe got out and was dazed but OK. Driver contacted the emergency service because the passenger had suffer some leg injury. I checked my front bumper and the coupe where I thought I might have hit. There was no visible sign of impact. Both of them were safe. Not much for me to do. So I waved to the driver and head back to my car.<br>As I walking back to XC90, I noticed the ground under the XC90 was soaking wet. I didn't smell gasoline. I realized that was the coolant spilled from the coupe. The XC90 brake system had handled very well on a slippery curvy road.<p><i>Modified by achicod at 6:50 AM 8-23-2008</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by achicod at 2:05 PM 2-17-2009</i>
Great car (XC90), great stories. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>My story is not that good, it is about Land Cruiser 120 Prado (2008). It's about a rollover and poor safety: <A HREF="http://toyotacustomerstory.blogspot.com" TARGET="_blank">http://toyotacustomerstory.blogspot.com</A>/<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
I was driving home from school this afternoon in my mom's XC90 (she took my S80 today) on Veterans Memorial Drive. This road is a 4-lane no median or center turn lane road, which is very treacherous with people stopping dead from 45mph (the speed limit) to make left turns into strip centers. Anyways, so I am driving with two other people and see someone stop dead to make a left. Naturally, I move over into the right lane before I have to slam on the brakes. I safely get into the right lane and am passing the car making the left. All of the sudden a car pulls out of that strip center to go north (my direction) and starts to come towards me in the right lane even though the left is completely clear. I slam on my brakes, blast my horn, and go into the shoulder (thank goodness that stretch of road has one!) while the car barely misses me. If he would have hit me, it would have been right on the B-pillar driver side ( I was going a little under 45). I was shaking after the whole experience because he kept on coming over! The others in the car were completely shocked in how the car saved us from getting into an accident! Thank goodness for the XC90's RSC, Braking Systems, and DSTC. Luckily I did not have to try the IC or SIPS out! The SUV handled so well to help me dodge the Malibu. I just wanted to share this with y'all and tell why I convinced my parents to buy Volvos, to keep me and my family safe! Volvo: For Life!!!
Sadly, on Christmas day this past year (2011) our family had an accident (my brother in law and his wife). Their 2002 full sized Chevy Z71 fishtailed and rolled 3 times. He was ok. She, not so lucky. I was at my local Volvo dealer the moment they opened for business the following day, and replaced our 2005 V8 Toyota 4Runner with an 08' XC90 V8 CPO. One of the easiest decisions I've ever made.
The reason why I went Volvo? Their was an XC70 involved in this accident as well, and they (family with two little kids), walked away. Car was destroyed, yet the interior cabin around the occupants seemed to be in excellent shape (minus all the airbags). I saw the accident photos taken by the EMS guys at the scene at the hospital that night. It rolled over once. I have two little munchkins myself, and saw their little faces in the faces of the two kids in that XC70 as the doctors checked them out at the hospital.
The keys to our XC90 were in my pocket before lunchtime...
Some cool stories here. Volvo's definitely made great strides where safety is concerned, particularly in active safety systems. Check out this video of a V60 Estate being tested against HUMAN crash test dummies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8pWohind5A