According to the latest car news, a 54-year-old woman - Julie Nickin - owner of a Smart ForTwo 2005 was lucky to survive from an explosion caused by her car. The accident happened this week when she accidentally filled the car’s air intake with a few gallons of petrol. The car immediately exploded the minute she turned the key to start it.
The woman was stuck in her burning car which was right next to a fuel pump after the engine burned, rushing bypassers evacuate for safety. Fortunately, a nearby construction worker ran to the horrible scene and dragged her out before she suffered severe burns.
Car owner trapped inside their vehicle as it transforms into a raging FIREBALL
When he helped her escape the scene, a second explosion shook the area as the fuel pump burned in fires. The two were then taken to the supermarket by staff and luckily she didn’t get injured.
Speaking of the Smart ForTwo, it was completely burned down, causing some drivers on a nearby road had to be treated due to smoke inhalation.
When the worker helped the victim escape the scene, a second explosion shook the area as the fuel pump burned in fires
You may be mad at how one can confuse a car’s air intake with the fuel filler but let's take a look at the Smart cars. The fuel filler and air intake ports look almost identical and are positioned on each side of the rear fenders.
For the Smart Fortwo Pulse 2005, the fuel filler is located on the right side and the air intake is on the left. In fact, there were car users making the same mistakes like Mrs. Julie Nickin.
On the Smart Fortwo Pulse 2005, the fuel filler is located on the right side and the air intake is on the left
To be clearer, to open the air intake, you need to take a bit more effort than you do with the fuel cap and inside the air intake, there is the “NO FUEL” sign, which is exactly a confusing design. The new models of the Smart Fortwo have been updated with a redesigned air intake which makes it easier to tell but apparently, it wasn't much of a help for the owners of the older models.