What would you do if you were me?

Asked by Guru6DC14 Mar 10, 2020 at 09:54 PM about the 2010 Chevrolet Impala

Question type: General

March 8th riding in the passenger seat with my
friend, that owns a 2010 Chevy Impala 4 door.
Driving in the mountains right after a storm. Little
snow on the road, very cold weather.  Before
leaving town noticed that the low tire light came
on. We stopped at a gas station, filled the tires with
air, the light went off continued on our trip.  
Travelled approximately 40 miles up the mountains
noticing there was a surging noise and I thought
the car was jerking. The driver inform me that it
must be the front end drive clicking in.  We were
traveling upnhill about 30 miles an hour. The driver
notice the light came on again and we were going
to stop at the next town to check it out. We leveled
off and prepared to start going down the mountain
when hearing the surging noise again. Then all of a
sudden everything locked up the steering wheel
didn't move,  we started to veer to the left like we
hit black ice. Before we went over the side of the
mountain, she tried to tap the breaks nothing.  The
only thing that saved our lives were 2 huge pine
trees that we ran into.   If we would of been 5 feet
either way we would have went off a hundred foot
drop.  The airbags did not deploy.  The front
seatbelts did not lock.  The back ones did. I hit my
face on her dash She hit her head into the
windshield.  This happened a day and a half ago.
The key you cannot pull it out of the ignition. We hit
these trees, that saved our life, so hard the back
seats flew out.  I think I have a broken hand a
broken rib and multiple bruises it's hard to breathe
and I think she's in the same condition. So, I went
on the national recall web site and it says 0
unrepaired recalls for this vehicle.  Does that mean
that the repairs were made?  There's were 4
recalls. After reading all the above comments that
all these people have made about their Impalas, it
sounds like Chevrolet has yet to fix the problem.
Why are these vehicles allowed to be sold? Why
hasn't Chevy made this problem right? I think I
need to see a lawyer.

7 Answers

305,085

First of all the car is front wheel drive. I suspect that the noise you heard may have been the traction control trying to maintain traction by selectively applying the brakes. There may not have been any fault of the car as you probably should have had an AWD car and maybe tire chains for the driving conditions. Black ice is scary.

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305,085

Before you start suing you need to get all the facts. If you were driving in dangerous conditions in a car not suited for snow and ice (possibly with the wrong tires) GM's lawyer is going to eat you alive. Harsh but not 1% of what they are going to do in their defense. The owner of the car is probably liable and their insurance should pay out.

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Yes a police report was made. Thank you for your response. What about the airbags? Would this just be considered a malfunction by not deploying? And, what good are they if the don't work when you need them. She owned the vehicle for about a year and purchased it from a dealerr, with an extended warranty. I'm glad to still be on this side of the grass but it was scary. It was like the car took on its own life and decided to go left and everything locked up and their was nothing she could do but good along for the ride.

305,085

A side impact may not deploy the air bags.

12,020

I read your post and your are blaming the vehicle when the accident was caused by the conditions of the road, speed and possibly tires. Airbags work when the car is hit in certain areas and speed. Some airbags activating can actually hurt you, but there intent is to keep you from dying. Like FOR said, work with the drivers insurance company for medical expenses. Just be glad you are alive and not worse off.

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