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Saturday we were coming back from a business trip in DC and it started to rain. The car was a newer Scion tC and I was in the passenger seat. Going around a corner the rear wheels lost traction and we started skidding. The driver tried to correct and the tires caught and then whipped us off the road and into a large rock that someone had near the road for decoration. That then flung us into the trees. I don't know how fast we were going but it was for sure too fast for that corner.

My side took the direct impact to the tree right where I was sitting. I never lost consciousness and when it was over I was all wadded up leaning over the center console. When we hit the rock the front airbags blew and then when we hit the tree the curtain and thorax bags blew on my side. I know my head bounced off the bag instead of the tree or anything else. The driver broke his left arm really bad and I was all bloody from glass cuts I think. For about 2 hours it sounded like people were talking to me through a PVC pipe in the ear near the bag. Someone wedged the drivers door open and got him out and then said we're going to need to cut you out to me but I grabbed the steering wheel and pulled myself out. I just wanted to get out.

Spent about 9 hours in two different hospitals getting scanned and poked and prodded. I have bruises all over my body and hurt really bad still. The doctors said they didn't see anything wrong in my scans and everyone couldn't believe I was like I was considering. The state trooper was amazed that I was the passenger. So the Scion tC gets my vote for being safe although stability control like the bu has might have been helpful. If it wasn't for the belt tensioners and side airbags I probably wouldn't be here now.

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i am so thankful that you and your friend are all fine for the most part. I think someone was looking over you. Take care and becareful, since most aches and pains do not show until about 24hrs later.
 

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Man, So glad your ok.. One thing I give the tC is its pretty safe. I was rear ended in mine and it held up pretty good. That tC looks like it took a beating though thats for sure..

Check out wreckedscions.com sometime
 

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I read somewhere that Scions were wicked unreliable for safety in major accidents like that.. but if you two are voting for its safety then I'm clearly thinking of the wrong car LOL.. glad you're alright!
 

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Where did you hear Scions are unreliable? My dad had his 2005 xB flipped by a semi truck (note, was only going 20, but the momentum was enough to send him across the road and on its side) and he walked away with a scrape down his cheek from glass. Scion was totaled, however.
 

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That is a miracle that you are ok...they are truly making cars safer these days!
 

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No I only heard that in accidents, like the cobalts, the car is easily destroyed.. when I heard that I assumed that the passengers were too! I'm clearly thinking of the wrong car though LOL
 

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When my dad was talking to a Scion dealer after his wreck (He eventually bought another xB, he was satisfied with how it handled) they told him that they did not care if the car looked like it hit a deer or if it looks like crumbled up aluminum foil. All they cared about was that the drivers and passengers can walk away from the crash.

I would rather have a destroyed car and walk away than a metal box with a dent and I having three broken bones and back surgery, personally.

Far off topic. I am glad you are okay, and this is definitely a testament to Scion's growing reputation of having safe vehicles.
 

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Thanks for the well wishes guys. I didn't get off scott free though. I feel like that picture looks. I have never felt like this before. Its just going to take time I guess.
 

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Dude you are lucky! Being a truck driver, I've seen lessor accidents take a life. Glad to hear all is well.
 

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Being a front drive car it sounds like the rear tires were worn or the driver hit the brakes in the turn. Those are the only things that would cause the rear wheels to break loose before the fronts.

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There are a majority of problems, since all of the weight of the engine is on top of the front wheels, the simplest hitting of oil in the road (or a wet patch) during a tight curve could also send the rear wheels out of line. I have been in incidents with a 2000 Toyota ECHO, FWD, which lost traction in the rear wheels very often just by taking a curve too quickly.

If it was not a stick (and thus, my controlling the torque to the front wheels) I probably might not be sitting here typing this now.
 
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