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Snoozing while the Mrs. was driving, I was treated to an airbag deployment in the kisser.
This was acompanied with a cloud of powder and the StarLink system asking if everyone was okay. Short story, according to the Mrs., is that all eastbound traffic lanes rapidly slowed from 80mph to nothing.
Although cruise control was on and both feet on the brakes, we rammed the vehicle in front of us. Luckily, only minor injuries were incurred. I now know why Subaru has a high safety rating and glad for it.
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Looking at the damage I estimate that we hit at about 40mph. The radiators weren't punctured and no damage to the engine compartment. Leaving the airbags out of the equation, I really think it's repairable. The front end worked sucking up the energy of the collison.
 

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What a rude awakening! Glad to hear it was only minor injuries and best of luck getting back on the road. Hopefully it goes smoother than @Robert.Mauro's incident. Keep us posted if you don't mind.

I'd highly recommend not telling the insurance company both feet were on the brakes...that's just not how they work! The pedal is wide enough to plant 1 foot firmly, not 2 feet halfway on the pedal.
 

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SO sorry you got into an accident, but I am glad you all escaped with minor injuries.
 

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All accidents are bad.:mad:
Like you I had a rude awakening when I got up in the morning to see my car was rear ended in the middle of the night.
Luckily your injuries were minor. The car will be taken care of like mine which was repaired and looks like original.
Best of luck on your repairs and hope it gets done swiftly and parts are readily available for it.
 

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Snoozing while the Mrs. was driving, I was treated to an airbag deployment in the kisser.
This was acompanied with a cloud of powder and the StarLink system asking if everyone was okay. Short story, according to the Mrs., is that all eastbound traffic lanes rapidly slowed from 80mph to nothing.
Although cruise control was on and both feet on the brakes, we rammed the vehicle in front of us. Luckily, only minor injuries were incurred. I now know why Subaru has a high safety rating and glad for it. View attachment 18175
Looking at the damage I estimate that we hit at about 40mph. The radiators weren't punctured and no damage to the engine compartment. Leaving the airbags out of the equation, I really think it's repairable. The front end worked sucking up the energy of the collision.
glad no major injuries. Was adaptive cruise control or standard cruise control on? If adaptive, how much distance was set for following?
 

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The adaptive cruise control was on. When we changed driver, the following distance was set to four bars. If it had been changed, I cannot say. Per the driver, at the time, she was changing lanes to a lane with more room. Based on this, I'm guessing that when the turn indicator was activated, the vehicle sped up based on the distance it registered. That is something that's always bugged me and I believe it may have been a contributing factor. Another contributing factor was that the roadway had been recently repaved and rain had been in the area. Although the roadway was not wet, it was very slick.
 

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The adaptive cruise control was on. When we changed driver, the following distance was set to four bars. If it had been changed, I cannot say. Per the driver, at the time, she was changing lanes to a lane with more room. Based on this, I'm guessing that when the turn indicator was activated, the vehicle sped up based on the distance it registered. That is something that's always bugged me and I believe it may have been a contributing factor. Another contributing factor was that the roadway had been recently repaved and rain had been in the area. Although the roadway was not wet, it was very slick.
it does sound like an acceleration for adaptive cruise during a lane change along with a sudden traffic stop before cruise could pick up the change.
 

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Snoozing while the Mrs. was driving, I was treated to an airbag deployment in the kisser.
This was acompanied with a cloud of powder and the StarLink system asking if everyone was okay. Short story, according to the Mrs., is that all eastbound traffic lanes rapidly slowed from 80mph to nothing.
Although cruise control was on and both feet on the brakes, we rammed the vehicle in front of us. Luckily, only minor injuries were incurred. I now know why Subaru has a high safety rating and glad for it. View attachment 18175
Looking at the damage I estimate that we hit at about 40mph. The radiators weren't punctured and no damage to the engine compartment. Leaving the airbags out of the equation, I really think it's repairable. The front end worked sucking up the energy of the collison.
I was struck head-on while driving my 94 E320 Cabriolet. The car suddenly was 2 feet shorter than when it left the factory. I was coughing up airbag dust for three days, which is no fun when you have cracked ribs and a bruised sternum!
 

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UPDATE: Insurance has totaled the Ascent. Which I have serious questions about. Questionable replacement parts included both lft/rht fenders, steering wheel/column, complete dash and instrument panel, center console, rear exhuast, radiator and A/C condenser, lights, etc. I inspected the front end and found that the fenders weren't deformed. Their repair came to more than 50% of the value of the vehicle. Someone will buy it at auction, repair, and make a bundle selling it off. It's now time to find a replacement vehicle to which will be hard based on availability of chips and safety features. Thankfully, our second (now primary) vehicle is a 2021 Crosstrek.
 

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UPDATE: Insurance has totaled the Ascent. Which I have serious questions about. Questionable replacement parts included both lft/rht fenders, steering wheel/column, complete dash and instrument panel, center console, rear exhuast, radiator and A/C condenser, lights, etc. I inspected the front end and found that the fenders weren't deformed. Their repair came to more than 50% of the value of the vehicle. Someone will buy it at auction, repair, and make a bundle selling it off. It's now time to find a replacement vehicle to which will be hard based on availability of chips and safety features. Thankfully, our second (now primary) vehicle is a 2021 Crosstrek.
As long as you get full appropriate market value from the insurance. I posted on this topic with Robert Mauro's recent accident. I think many more vehicles are being totaled than previously due to parts availability.
 

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It's now time to find a replacement vehicle to which will be hard based on availability of chips and safety features. Thankfully, our second (now primary) vehicle is a 2021 Crosstrek.
If you get an order in "now", you may be able to have a MY23 Ascent sometime in November if you are lucky.

On the question about things like fenders, quite often these days, it's faster and less expensive to replace body panels than to try and repair them. While the dash replacement might seem strange, there could be internal damage and deformation in areas you can't readily see, so again, replacement is more cost effective than trying to repair things...that crumple zone does absorb most of the impact, but not all of it. The most important thing is that you're safe.
 
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