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On last Thursday, I was coming home from New Jersey to Baltimore on Interstate 95. I was right near Philly and driving in the left lane when a SUV "turned" right into my late and I T-Boned her never even seeing her. All I then remember is being stuck against the guard rail with my car on fire, yes, stuck in my car ON FIRE! I don't know how, but somehow I managed to get my window down and crawl out to safety. The volvo definitely saved my life, but the visions of flames at my dashboard will haunt me forever.<p>Damn happy to be alive, but I'm in a world of hurt!<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid207/p107e53f152e7e2065cdf18cda675bb9f/eec672c6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid207/p8e0dafa33478d538b76090fafeaeb8bc/eec672b3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid207/pd16d003320bf1e9f0b290aa992d06618/eec67294.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid207/pbdfa8cd02ff03788b300009a818672f4/eec67264.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (Black2005S40)

Holy cow man! Those pictures look scarey! Glad you're safe and well and, yes, alive!
 

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Wow...good thing you're okay. How's everyone else in the accident?<p>Those are pretty crazy pictures.
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (Black2005S40)

I used to drive that stretch of 95 pretty regularly when I lived in DC - lots of scary drivers. Glad you escaped without more serious injuries.<p>As someone who is considering buying a V50, I hope Volvo engineering & safety will be looking at your car. Volvo and SAAB (many years ago) used to make a big deal about buying accident vehicles from the insurance companies to add to their real-world crash data.<p>Modern cars are not supposed to catch fire in survivable accidents - they have automatic fuel pump kill switches and other protective features. From your pictures, it looks like the Volvo structural design did it's job: protecting the passenger compartment. I wonder if the recent fuel line recall could be connected to your post-crash fire.<p>Again, I hope you recover quickly, and the SUV driver ends up buying you a nice new car.<p>
 

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Wow. Amazing can see what an accident can do to a car. Glad to see you're OK, and hope everything works out with insurance, cars, etc.
 

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Thanks everyone for your warm wishes and replies. Phyically, I'm in a ton of pain, ton! However, I've never been so thankful for life and am generally really happy right now. <p>So far, all I have is a fractured tail bone and sprained thumb. I'm getting some MRIs this week on my knees, elbows, shoulders, neck and back to see what else is going on, but as I said, damn happy to be alive.<p>I'm very displeased w/the car catching on fire, but thankfully, it crumbled properly to prevent me from getting trapped and responded in a manner to prevent paralization so I could escape before fire engulfed me. I was also amazed at the people who stopped to help, immediately putting out the fire w/extinguishers and just generally helping me until the ambulance came. I'll keep everyone posted!
 

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The Volvo did her job and kept you safe. I hope you did not sustain any major injuries from this.<br>
 

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If you find out why it caugt fire, please let us know, that should never happen in an accident! Glad to hear your ok! I don't think Volvo would use this in a commercial because the car caught on fire......not good! I am sure Volvo would be very interested in this vehicle for test reasons to find out why it caught fire....You should contact them. <p>Jeff <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (Black2005S40)

Glad to hear you're ok! Structurally, the S40 did what it was designed to do.<p>Just wondering, I assume you had <I>not </I>received the fuel line recall (<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=58558" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=58558</A>) for your T5? The damage looks to have pushed the engine backward, which under load on a hot day certainly sounds like it could have brought it in contact with the fuel line.<p>I thing I'm going to push getting this recall on my car just a little higher on my to-do list... <p>So, what will you replace your car with?<p>Tom.
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (tmtalpey)

Absolutely right... why did it catch fire? The crash is a crash, but in worse conditions cars don't burs so easly...
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (tomi22)

that must have been a freak accident and i'm glad you came out okay. I was just wondering why the passenger side airbag was not deployed though. did you manually turn it off?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Seven</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't think the passenger airbag is active unless someone is sitting in the passenger seat.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Correct. From the owner's manual:<p><IMG SRC="http://apps.volvocars.us/ownersdocs/2005/2005_S40/IMAGES/pg18b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Re the fire, more information would help... Black2005S40 - where exactly was this fire coming out of? You describe "flames at my dashboard", were these from below the hood, behind the engine and slightly to the right of center perhaps?<p>Tom.
 

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Re: Volvo saved my life, but caught fire :( (mabthera)

Glad to hear the car worked well, and you walked away <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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thanks again everyone for your thoughts..<p>The fire was coming through the windshield and "scorching" the dash and seemed to be more on the driver's side behind the engine, but again, flames were high - i was scared for my life so I may not be giving accurate info.
 
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