• Nov 16, 2008

Writing about cars for a living is a great gig, but as we're sporadically reminded, not without its occasional dangers. Few know that as well as the guys on BBC's Top Gear, where Richard Hammond miraculously recovered from a spectacular 280+ mph jet-powered dragster crash and Clarkson was recently involved in a head-on collision on location. But with franchises being set up in Australia, Russia and the United States, we knew it was only a matter of time before one of the local hosts followed suite, but we didn't think it would be the pretty boy in the hybrid.

According to Stromer's account, he was rollin' down the street in Hollywood, sipping on gin and juice a "triple grande nonfat latte" in his Camry Hybrid when someone rear-ended him, flipping the Toyota up on its side, sliding 50 feet down the street and roof-first into a curbside palm tree. None of the airbags deployed (suprisingly) and People Magazine's "sexiest man alive" emerged unharmed, so our base audience of middle-aged women can rest easy. Meanwhile, given the incident, we're not sure if we feel better or worse about Stromer's role in the show, but at very least he's proven he can demolish puppy-tear-powered family sedans as well as he can drywall.

To listen to how Stromer was "raped in a Camry" on TG co-host Adam Corolla's radio program, click here.

[Source: The Adam Corolla Show via Jalopnik]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Airbags do not deploy in a rollover unless you hit something!!! Airbags are not a big fluffy cushion that stays inflated while you tumble down a cliff. They are a one shot deal that will catch you if you are headed for the dash, then, a half second later, they are deflated. My god people, you watch too much TV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aren't airbags inflated with sodium azide?

        Isn't that a serious carcinogen and teratogen?

        Does CARB know about this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      hate to be the conspiracy theorist here, but if Strommer had been driving a domestic car with faulty airbags, it would have been all over the news. Toyota's 'reputation' will apparently remain intact.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are no faulty airbags here. He was hit in the back. Side airbags only go off, and only help, when the car is actually hit in the side.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe he is an undercover Hoon and was testing out the drifting capabilities of the Camry Hybrid, when he smacked a curb at 50mph sideways and then flipped it?

      ...Ok, maybe not, but still an interesting thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, the Camry probably has what we in the airbag industry refer to as side-"impact" airbags. Which are different from the roll-over airbags found in SUV's. Side-"impact" airbags only deploy when there is an impact with the side of the vehicle which is different from roll-over airbags which will deploy when the vehicle has "tipped" or "rolled". Also, from what I see there was no reason as to why the front airbags should have deployed, and they wouldn't have helped anything anyways, and the crash sensors that everyone refers to so often are little more than accelerameters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another L.A male soccer-mom drinking his latte while driving gets in an accident.

      No news there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'll never watch top gear usa
      • 6 Years Ago
      to be correct, side and front airbags deploy in fraction of an second when series of conditions are met, including sufficient force hitting sensors so airbags are deployed.

      In slow rollover, it would be damaging to the person if airbags actually deploy, dont forget that they deploy in miliseconds and deflate in several seconds... they dont stay inflated as if you are in some kind of baloon...

      Proof of them working properly is him walking out without any injuries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would airbags deploy following a rear-end collision? Last I checked, the airbags are designed to go off only on frontal and side impacts -- you know, when they actually would help.
        • 6 Years Ago
        His vehicle could also have been stationary or traveling at slow speed. I think airbags dont deploy at slower speeds.

        Also the rollover was just onto its side not a complete rollover so the sensor for the side curtains probably wasnt triggered.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Given the side his car slid on, I'm not terribly surprised they didn't go off.
        He didn't suddenly stop so the steering wheel one wouldn't go off, the side impact airbags wouldn't help since gravity would be pulling him away from them, and I have no idea where the other ones are located so I can't much speak to them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought airbags were only supposed to deploy the sensors detect sudden deceleration.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right. Front airbags go off in impacts from the front, side airbags go off in impacts from the side. Neither of those events occurred and the driver walked away because the seatbelts were sufficient.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Danny, side airbags do not always deploy in a rollover. Unless it's a very violent rollover where you're likely to smash your head into the windows you're just increasing the likelihood of smashing someone in the head with an airbag needlessly.

        Also, after your car as flipped over you're still at risk of being side impacted, since your car has flipped to who knows where-over a median, into an intersection, into oncoming traffic, etc. You want the side airbags to be undeployed because if some SUV then hits you when your car is upside down you want the airbag then, not when you're rolling over.

        Unless his head had smashed into the side windows and he ended up in a coma there's no validity to any suggestion that the airbags didn't work exactly as designed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        True... for front airbags. Side curtain airbags are supposed to go off in a rollover though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ryan, The Side Curtain Impact airbags for when the thing rolled on its side, they did not deploy. The Camry seat mounted side airbags did not deploy either, last but not least the specially mounted knee airbag did not deploy. If you were hit from the rear at say anything over 20MPH I would expect this to go off. All of these airbags are standard on all 2008 Camrys.

        Ryan, car was hit from the rear, flipped on its side then hit a tree. Nothing went off. I suspect a problem in the airbag system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sick of people being surprised that airbags didn't go off, when the impact isn't in the direction that the airbags protect against!

      Front airbags go off when you get hit from the front. Side airbags go off when you get hit on the side that the side airbags are on. There is no rear-impact airbag, and there's no airbag that goes off when something hits the car from the top (like that tree). It would be an engineering error if any airbags had gone off in this accident!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If these are anything like the ones we put in our cars, that statement is false. There are rollover sensors that trigger the belt pre-tensioner (to keep the occupant in the seat) and airbag. These are not triggered by sudden accelerations, but by the orientation of the vehicle (these systems are tested all the way down to 0 mph).

        Watch a video of a rollover (even just on the side) and you'll see why they need the airbags. It may not be an "impact", but smashing your head into pavement and broken glass is a bit violent, even when the car isn't moving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        D, what cars do you make? Because that's a retarded system and I don't want to be driving a car that pops it's airbags just because the seat belt tensioner went off. I'm guessing it's a Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1,000!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Our auto journalists need a driving lesson. Drop the hammer, Big Brother!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is NOTHING wrong with the car.



      Front airbags go off in impacts from the front, side airbags go off in impacts from the side. Neither of those events occurred and the driver walked away because the seat belts were sufficient.


      Come on people...use your brains gesh
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