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Old 26th April 2007, 09:43   #1
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I read about it in this mornings paper:
The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Car goes up in flames, holds up traffic

CHENNAI : A car went up in flames around 7.35 p.m. on Wednesday on Nageswara Rao Road near Panagal Park throwing traffic in T. Nagar in disarray for over an hour.
Traffic in Pondy Bazaar, Venkatnarayana Road, Usman Road, Doraisamy Road and G.N. Chetty Road came to a standstill as firefighters tried to put off the fire and police tried to regulate traffic.
An eyewitness said, "I saw a car drift by belching fumes. When I saw it go up in flames I jumped off the bus and ran."
"I am totally perplexed. I don't know how it happened," said Rajaram, a resident of Delhi, who was with his wife Neeraja and two-year-old son when the Opel Astra he was driving caught fire. "It is my relative's car." A shaken Neeraja said, "My husband was checking the cause of the fumes when I saw petrol leaking. I grabbed my son and got out." Uttam Chand Galada, in front of whose shop the accident occurred, said he alerted the fire department, who came in 30 minutes.
Police personnel called in to regulate the traffic were also held up because of the traffic jam.


Pretty spooky!! I think the cars should be built with auto cutoff mechanism. If my memory serves me correct, several cars do come with these things to cut off fuel flow to the engine in the case of an accident.

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Old 26th April 2007, 09:44   #2
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Good that no life was lost. I guess the owner's loss will be covered by insurance.
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looks more like a corsa with the roundish lamps.

edit: yup it definitely is a corsa and not an Astra. Man even the news isnt correct these days. See the round headlamps and the plastic wheel arch.

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the news report has said it was an Astra. Speaking of insurance, would it be covered considering the owner was not driving it? (as pointed in the article?)
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Good that nobody is hurt!. And I am sure it's one of those badly maintained Astras ( as most of them I see are)
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Do we have a list of cars with auto cut off fuel mechanism? My Palio does have it but it works only in an event of collision.

I remember reading in Outlook Money that the Corsa from Opel smelled of petrol fumes after a 120 km session of hard driving.
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Add the Ikon to the list pf vehicles which come with an auto-cut off mechanism. However, it gets activated only in the case of an impact/collision.

If i remember right, we had another member also mention about an Opel (his brother's) which went up in flames in Hyderabad. Looks like its not the first time.
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Whats with Opels and fires? There's also another thread here about self-combusting Corsas. Were Opels sold in India with an undetected flaw? Nevertheless, GM India needs to be pinged abt their responsibility for these incidents.
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This is not an astra. It is an corsa. Thats a second one!!!
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the news report has said it was an Astra. Speaking of insurance, would it be covered considering the owner was not driving it? (as pointed in the article?)
If the driver had a valid license, it would be covered.
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Check the Fire man's clothes in the pic. Apart from the boots i don't see any other protection on his body that would save him when he gets close to fire. He is working with bare hands and his body is completely exposed if the fire suddenly thurns in to a blaze. I pity these guys for the state they work in to save people's lifes and property.
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Check the Fire man's clothes in the pic. Apart from the boots i don't see any other protection on his body that would save him when he gets close to fire. He is working with bare hands and his body is completely exposed if the fire suddenly thurns in to a blaze. I pity these guys for the state they work in to save people's lifes and property.
yep...it is sad, but its india..what to do
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its a corsa for sure but i don't get it how did the hood ended but all in dents look at it

and i think the car has a sunroof or its a dent on the roof to

and this is the second corsa to burn up
and its good to hear that no one was hurt
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Now, the bright side. The owner would get a far better price from insurance than what he would have managed in the used car market.
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Eh, so ur saying they do this on purpose??
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