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(Mother Nature Network)   What do the Pinto, the Volt, the Cooper, the Fiero, and the 458 Italia all have in common?   (mnn.com) divider line 106
    More: Scary, Ford Pintos, Pontiac Fiero, Italias, Mini Cooper, crash tests, Chevrolet Volt, Texas Instruments, Ralph Nader  
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2012-06-01 09:50:09 AM
TFA: "Models in that recall included the popular Ford Windstar"

wat
 
2012-06-01 10:25:53 AM
I think they mean its a popular model to recall
 
2012-06-01 10:26:45 AM
As would be expected with any new-to-market vehicle, the Chevy Volt underwent extensive testing by the NHTSA. About three weeks after the Volt was put through a side-into-pole crash test, the car spontaneously caught on fire. This led the NHTSA to probe deeper, specifically addressing if electric vehicles were more likely to catch fire than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

This is extremely concerning to me, if I should ever remain trapped in a crashed car three weeks after I crashed it, and were still somehow alive.
 
2012-06-01 10:27:07 AM
Chevy Volt, hehehehehe Thor! not happy. Zap.
 
2012-06-01 10:28:09 AM
I lost something in each of them: my virginity; spare change; the will to live.
 
2012-06-01 10:29:09 AM
DRTFA, but I'll go with fire.
 
2012-06-01 10:30:29 AM
Unlike the Pinto, the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

If your Fiero engine is in the front, oil leaks aren't your biggest problem.
 
2012-06-01 10:31:13 AM
What are CARS THAT GO BOOM?
 
2012-06-01 10:32:04 AM

Arkanaut: As would be expected with any new-to-market vehicle, the Chevy Volt underwent extensive testing by the NHTSA. About three weeks after the Volt was put through a side-into-pole crash test, the car spontaneously caught on fire. This led the NHTSA to probe deeper, specifically addressing if electric vehicles were more likely to catch fire than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

This is extremely concerning to me, if I should ever remain trapped in a crashed car three weeks after I crashed it, and were still somehow alive.


Crash!!
"Dammit! I'm trapped, but at least I'm alive."
*3 weeks later*
"Almost free!!"
*Fire erupts*
"FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!"
 
2012-06-01 10:32:27 AM
I love how they used the Pinto concept car for the photo in the article.
 
2012-06-01 10:32:43 AM
first time i've read unhappy on Fiero. perhaps there were too many flaming Ford Escort / EXP / Mercury LN7's littering the roadway to see them.
 
2012-06-01 10:32:56 AM
the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

No.
 
2012-06-01 10:33:04 AM

SisterMaryElephant: What are CARS THAT GO BOOM?


Tigra and Bunny approve.
 
2012-06-01 10:33:33 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Unlike the Pinto, the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

If your Fiero engine is in the front, oil leaks aren't your biggest problem.


Between that line and the reference to cruise control switches that leak hydraulic fluid, I'm just a bit skeptical of the contents of this article...
 
2012-06-01 10:33:45 AM

GoodyearPimp: the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

No.


Please tell me the article did not actually say that.
 
2012-06-01 10:34:08 AM

Arkanaut: As would be expected with any new-to-market vehicle, the Chevy Volt underwent extensive testing by the NHTSA. About three weeks after the Volt was put through a side-into-pole crash test, the car spontaneously caught on fire. This led the NHTSA to probe deeper, specifically addressing if electric vehicles were more likely to catch fire than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

This is extremely concerning to me, if I should ever remain trapped in a crashed car three weeks after I crashed it, and were still somehow alive.


I'm concerned about that n=1 being included in the article.

/the statistical power!
 
2012-06-01 10:35:29 AM
Unlike the Pinto, the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

Really?
 
Skr
2012-06-01 10:35:33 AM
Those are the ships on which the pilgrims came to America, right? My history is a little fuzzy.
 
2012-06-01 10:36:13 AM
Thanks Subby, but everyone knows those are the names of the ships that Leaf Erickson used to land at Plymouth Rock. Duh.
 
2012-06-01 10:36:23 AM
Came in to comment on the front engined Fiero thing but see that I'm a bit late to the party. When the kid I sold mine to blew it up, it didn't catch fire, just poked a hole in the block with a rod.
 
2012-06-01 10:36:59 AM

GoodyearPimp: No.


The Muthaship: Please tell me the article did not actually say that.


Glad to see I wasn't the only one.

/owned an '86 GT
 
2012-06-01 10:37:06 AM

Thegreaser: I love how they used the Pinto concept car for the photo in the article.


Is that what that was? It did not look like a Pinto. The facts in this article are sketchy at best. I've known just as many old VW bugs that caught fire compared to Fieros.
 
2012-06-01 10:37:39 AM

Skr: Those are the ships on which the pilgrims came to America, right? My history is a little fuzzy.


damn you SKR and your 40 seconds
 
2012-06-01 10:38:44 AM

The Muthaship: Please tell me the article did not actually say that.


No.
 
2012-06-01 10:39:07 AM

Thegreaser: I love how they used the Pinto concept car for the photo in the article.


I love how they used 1970s-era hysteria for the "facts" of the article. I'll let Wikipedia do the heavy lifting.
 
2012-06-01 10:39:18 AM
Ummm... quite a lot actually -- they have wheels, engines, tires, seats, windshields...

Oh! You meant things they don't actually have in common with all automobiles....

hmmm.... how about:

Nothing.
 
Skr
2012-06-01 10:39:41 AM

AncientLurker: Thanks Subby, but everyone knows those are the names of the ships that Leaf Erickson used to land at Plymouth Rock. Duh.


My Leaf Erickson has been a godsend during the fall. I was so sick of raking up the things.
 
2012-06-01 10:40:44 AM

bottsicus: Linoleum_Blownapart: Unlike the Pinto, the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

If your Fiero engine is in the front, oil leaks aren't your biggest problem.

Between that line and the reference to cruise control switches that leak hydraulic fluid, I'm just a bit skeptical of the contents of this article...


I'm shocked that a MNN article would contain factual inaccuracies.

/Shocked I tell you...
 
2012-06-01 10:40:55 AM
The Pinto was actually no worse than any other car of the era. But whatever, most of these "problems" are right up there with old people pressing the gas instead of the brake and then blaming it on "sudden acceleration".
 
2012-06-01 10:40:57 AM
I know some cars who make ghosts
They'll make you breathless, they make you toast
But they don't use rubber and they don't use streets
they don't use metal or any of these
They use GASOLINE!!!!GASOLINE!!!!GASOLINE!!!!
 
2012-06-01 10:41:18 AM

The Muthaship: GoodyearPimp: the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

No.

Please tell me the article did not actually say that.


The article did not actually say that.

/Happy to oblige.
 
2012-06-01 10:41:36 AM
One Volt caught fire?

Watt?

Ohm y.
 
2012-06-01 10:42:21 AM

loonatic112358: I know some cars who make ghosts
They'll make you breathless, they make you toast
But they don't use rubber and they don't use streets
they don't use metal or any of these
They use GASOLINE!!!!GASOLINE!!!!GASOLINE!!!!


*golf clap*
 
2012-06-01 10:42:29 AM

StopLurkListen: One Volt caught fire?

Watt?

Ohm y.


You seem shocked that currently there are not mho volts that have sparked fires
 
2012-06-01 10:42:39 AM
They were all cars that were set on fire by journalists for a story?
 
2012-06-01 10:43:27 AM

ghare: sudden acceleration


I prefer to refer to it as "High jerk".
 
2012-06-01 10:43:54 AM
Five cars that have never been in my kitchen?
 
2012-06-01 10:43:55 AM

Hollie Maea: The article did not actually say that.

/Happy to oblige.


I just read TFA, you fibbed!
 
2012-06-01 10:45:22 AM

Benjimin_Dover: They were all cars that were set on fire by journalists for a story?


Yep, over $1.5M worth of Ferraris alone just to sell a couple $500 ads.
 
mjg
2012-06-01 10:46:49 AM
Fire or not, the 458 is just a beut.

www.ferraribeverlyhills.com
 
2012-06-01 10:47:50 AM
I'd still like to have a Pontiac Firearrow. Cute cars.

The leaky switch thing is almost right. The switch (not the kind that the driver manipulates directly) was separated from brake fluid by a flimsy seal/wall which would crack and leak oil into the switch electrics.
 
2012-06-01 10:49:01 AM

bottsicus: Linoleum_Blownapart: Unlike the Pinto, the Fiero's fire problems were in the front of the vehicle, specifically the engine compartment.

If your Fiero engine is in the front, oil leaks aren't your biggest problem.

Between that line and the reference to cruise control switches that leak hydraulic fluid, I'm just a bit skeptical of the contents of this article...


Blinker fluid is one of the most common unchecked items on automobiles by their owners. Simple checks on blinker fluid, muffler bearings, piston return springs, and shock balancers can prevent long term risks and increase safety on the road.
 
2012-06-01 10:50:25 AM
Pinto was not significantly more dangerous than other compact cars of the day. Actual case studies and the trials showed this.
 
2012-06-01 10:50:42 AM

The Muthaship: you fibbed


Hey, I'm just doing as I'm told!
 
2012-06-01 10:51:08 AM
Wow, I feel a bit dumber after reading that article. Thanks, subby!
 
2012-06-01 10:51:22 AM
Wasn't there also a fire problem with old Mazda Miata's?

Don't forget all the pickup trucks in the 70s-80s with the gas tanks behind the seats.
 
2012-06-01 10:52:47 AM
Richard Belzer was unavailable for comment.
 
2012-06-01 10:53:58 AM
And Corvairs?
 
2012-06-01 10:54:18 AM
They were all designed by Michael Bay.
 
2012-06-01 10:54:38 AM

WalMartian: Wasn't there also a fire problem with old Mazda Miata's?

Don't forget all the pickup trucks in the 70s-80s with the gas tanks behind the seats.


Which network planted the explosives in those for its gripping expose`?

/I can't remember
//Was Rather involved?
 
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