So many things can go wrong before a wedding that a entire movie and reality television genres have been created because of it. An unintentionally exploding side-curtain airbag is probably low on the list, put that's the unlikely snafu that caught out driver Brad Doerr.

Doerr was, though, doing an unlikely thing just a couple hours in advance of his wedding: autocrossing his Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Doerr was also an unlikely victim: he's a General Motors engineer, who, with his now wife, was crossing the country in the Cadillac with the Hot Rod Power Tour. The inadvertent deployment happened at the end of the run when Doerr said he was doing about 1.9 G 0.92 G, but having not suffered an accident, he still has no idea why it happened. The deployment even triggered an OnStar emergency call. We're guessing it has something to do with the stability control

A local dealer loaned the now-married Doerrs a Chevrolet Impala to continue their trip. He'll probably think twice before autocrossing it. Scroll down to check out the video.



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      zanarditypes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something happened worth filming... quick, turn off the camera!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Plus, red LED tracers encircle the tachometer and flash at the approach of redline, while a g-meter communicates lateral acceleration left and right as you push CTS-V to its g-force limits." Ripped right from Cadillac's website. *facepalm*
      Blackout X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recall?
      Brad Doerr
      • 2 Years Ago
      .92 was actually the peak reading on the DIC. I don't know when it happened, I don't reset it often, probably actually from the exit clover leaf by my house and not the auto x but impossible to say
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad Doerr
        And congrats on getting married!
        Autothoughts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad Doerr
        Congrats on the wedding Brad! What an odd scenario with the airbag. (Shaun's friend Jeff)
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad Doerr
        Hey Brad. Know if any design standards are changing? They just recalled some of the new Malibus for the same kind of issue. Camaro has had similar issues since launched.
          Brad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          I actually haven't talked to anyone from work but my boss and the brand quality manager I had trying to help me get some seat belts out of the plant so I could get the car back on the road ASAP on Monday for Power Tour. I haven't even received any email about the incident.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Try, just TRY, to get this stuff covered by warranty. The automaker lawyers will accuse you of selling children and eating kittens to change the subject or say there was a crash and you're a big fat liar.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      worst auto x course i've ever seen (or close).. not one "straight" = boring..
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something about a Camaro doing the same thing....?
      AM2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't this happen with the new Camaro too?
        Devonblue4u
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AM2
        yup, and the same OnStar call as well. Another CTS-V wagon had an operator call after a quarter-mile run because it accelerated hard enough to trigger a g-sensor.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Devonblue4u
          New Malibu also
          TrueDat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Devonblue4u
          that would be the Hennessey run
        AE86
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AM2
        im seeing a problem...
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...which is good, because as stunning as it looks on the outside......it's even better on the inside" *BOOM HEADSHOT* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76J_HvYYnRc
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      The most interesting thing here is that he was horsing around when he should have been preparing for his wedding. I'm guessing the wedding night did not go well.
      GT500AMG
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's Cadillac.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't this happen on another CTS last year?
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Oh, it was a Camaro autoblog 2011/08/14/camaro-airbag-spontaneously-deploys-while-drifting/
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