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Fender bender in my 2011 Volt. Heavy rain and I was number five in a slow speed pile up. No anti skid probably because I was too slow, but slid under the back of an older Toyota pickup. No airbags, but I smelled a metallic smoke? Hit hard enough to throw everything to the floor and the seatbelt is now jammed. I think the airbags probably should have popped. Says Service Airbags now. Faulty? Was able to drive a short distance to my work parking lot after. ICE came on with no issues. We'll see what the body shop says.

Really bummed. Love my Volt.
 

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Fender bender in my 2011 Volt. Heavy rain and I was number five in a slow speed pile up. No anti skid probably because I was too slow, but slid under the back of an older Toyota pickup. No airbags, but I smelled a metallic smoke? Hit hard enough to throw everything to the floor and the seatbelt is now jammed. I think the airbags probably should have popped. Says Service Airbags now. Faulty? Was able to drive a short distance to my work parking lot after. ICE came on with no issues. We'll see what the body shop says.

Really bummed. Love my Volt.

I'll post a picture when I get to my desktop.
IIRC, the seatbelts have an explosive charge that locks them in a collision in many cars. This might be why Service lit. The seat belt actuator needs to be replaced.
 

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IIRC, the seatbelts have an explosive charge that locks them in a collision in many cars. This might be why Service lit. The seat belt actuator needs to be replaced.
This. The seat belts function off of a similar charge to those in an airbag. This would explain the smell, and the locked seat belt. Should be an easy replacement and clearing of the code.
 

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Fender bender in my 2011 Volt. Heavy rain and I was number five in a slow speed pile up. No anti skid probably because I was too slow, but slid under the back of an older Toyota pickup. No airbags, but I smelled a metallic smoke? Hit hard enough to throw everything to the floor and the seatbelt is now jammed. I think the airbags probably should have popped. Says Service Airbags now. Faulty? Was able to drive a short distance to my work parking lot after. ICE came on with no issues. We'll see what the body shop says.

Really bummed. Love my Volt.
Ouch. If you hit your brakes and your front bumper did not contact the other bumper, likely the airbags would not deploy. Looks like about $8-10K worth of damage. Good Luck, glad you are OK.
 

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o anti skid probably because I was too slow
I'll guess you didn't press the brake hard enough. Not a troll comment, just reality for many in this situation. Most drivers are not aware of the threshold operation of their vehicle.
 

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I'll guess you didn't press the brake hard enough. Not a troll comment, just reality for many in this situation. Most drivers are not aware of the threshold operation of their vehicle.
I was at a Teen Driver Defensive Driving school, and while the kids were doing their thing, the parents were put in cars also at the other side of the area. We did many of the manuvuers the kids did, and I was shocked that most the parents could not get a KIA to kick into ABS their first try. One parent took 4 tries. It certainly wasn't a hard car to reach ABS threshold. The Volt is not either.

Yes. Most people do not push the brake hard enough in an emergency, and those that do forget (or don't know) you can continue to steer the car while braking hard.
 

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Ha! Thanks for the laugh. No problem mashing the brakes trying not to hit the guy's bumper. Definitely had the tires sliding. I've done it before on the dry. Works like a charm. The aircraft I fly have a low speed cutoff point(G200 and G450 both shutoff at 10 knots). Not sure about the Volt.
 

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I recently had a full blown panic stop ABS engaged after cresting a hill in fog and finding 2 deer in the road. This after a 12 hour drive home from vacation. I swear I jumped on the brake pedal so hard that it almost hit the floor. So yes most people are not really conscious of the effort on the pedal required to make a full out abs engaged panic stop. And I did miss both deer. Whew!!
 

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Ouch. If you hit your brakes and your front bumper did not contact the other bumper, likely the airbags would not deploy. Looks like about $8-10K worth of damage. Good Luck, glad you are OK.
If the radiator needs replacing, I'm guessing $6k. If the radiator is fine, then I'm guessing $5k. A deer kamikaze'd the front end of my volt 2 years ago. I needed a new hood, radiator, support bracket, and grill insert, but miraculously, the front bumper survived, just needed a new paint job. $3600.
 

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If the radiator needs replacing, I'm guessing $6k. If the radiator is fine, then I'm guessing $5k. A deer kamikaze'd the front end of my volt 2 years ago. I needed a new hood, radiator, support bracket, and grill insert, but miraculously, the front bumper survived, just needed a new paint job. $3600.
We'll soon find out :)

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They didn't get my message about the seatbelt. That pushed it to $9500. Totaled.

Time to start my Volt 2.0 research. But older ones are so cheap right now. What to do?
 

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They didn't get my message about the seatbelt. That pushed it to $9500. Totaled.

Time to start my Volt 2.0 research. But older ones are so cheap right now. What to do?
Such a bummer, right in my range prediction unfortunately :(

Gen 1 cars are so cheap right now, it would be hard to go for a Gen 2 personally. What is your budget and what are your needs?
 

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Picked up a 2017 siren red as a replacement. Cloth with heated seats? Didn't know you could do that? Love the new range. Not too hot on the paddle. Really abrupt. I only use it when I'm alone in the car. CarPlay issues, but I reset network settings on my iPhone and it's playing nice now. 600 miles and only 1 gallon of test drive gas used so far. Really wished they would have charged it up. So happy to be a Volt driver again.
 

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Congratulations...you will enjoy your new ride as you adjust and the range is stunning over my 2012 and will be over your 2011. I have had mine now for about two weeks-SWEET!

I went from a 2012 Premium, to a 2016 Premier. I so understand about the dealer not charging it?!

Mine was charged and "HAND WAXED" when I arrived. It was also topped off with gas.
 

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Most people are not experienced with emergency stops. When the body goes into panic mode, there is no finesse. The large muscles of the leg get a boost and most people will naturally jam the breaks as far as they can without even thinking about it. This is the reason most are told not to touch the breaks in a slide. It can be hard to engage panic mode in a classroom or learning environment, and if you manage to for a student, then you have to wonder if they can handle driving at all. I had one who would scream and grab my arm with both hands whenever she tried to pass the skid pad test.
 

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It seems to me as a perk of Volt ownership the dealers should charge the cars if they are kept overnight and before delivery at time of sale. I suggested this to a customer service rep in a follow up phone call and she seemed surprised by my suggestion. I understand that sometimes the charger might not always be available, but if possible they should charge them.
 

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It seems to me as a perk of Volt ownership the dealers should charge the cars if they are kept overnight and before delivery at time of sale. I suggested this to a customer service rep in a follow up phone call and she seemed surprised by my suggestion. I understand that sometimes the charger might not always be available, but if possible they should charge them.
My local small dealership always charges mine, BUT it was only after I asked them to start doing so. After that, I never had to ask again. The benefits of a small dealership. HOWEVER, the downside to a small dealership is that they are no longer selling or servicing Gen 2 Volts, and I just purchased one. That puts my closest dealership about 40 miles away. YUCK
 
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