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Chevy Gives New Malibu to Michigan Crash Victim

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author photo by Autotrader January 2011

As 30-year-old Marc Keinath made an early morning drive through snowy Genesee County, Michigan, he never expected his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu would be flattened by an 18-wheeler. But that’s exactly what happened.

In icy conditions, Keinath was rear-ended by a semi-truck carrying 20 tons of sugar. The collision caused the truck to roll over, its heavy load tipping directly on top of Keinath’s car. Trapped inside the sedan, Keinath feared the worst.

“As soon as the crash happened, I thought, ‘That was it,’” said Keinath. But Keinath’s week was about to get a whole lot better.

Miraculously, the Malibu held off the semi’s weight. Keinath reclined his seat and called 911, waiting for emergency crews who arrived to found him talking, moving – and barely injured. Keinath wasted no time taking special note to thank those responsible for his survival: God, the firefighters, and Chevy, “for making a car that can hold a semi.”

As it turns out, Chevrolet also took note of Keinath. Just four days after the accident, the automaker gave him a replacement car: a brand-new 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, complete with six airbags, a traction control system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and OnStar, which can alert first responders to the exact location of a crash.

“This is an incredible story of survival that shows you just never know what’s going to happen on the road,” said Rick Scheidt, Chevrolet’s vice president of marketing. “Stories like Marc’s remind us why we design and engineer every Chevrolet to help drivers avoid a crash, protect people in the unfortunate event of a crash, and with OnStar offer immediate help after a crash.”

General Motors says that over the past 15 years, OnStar Advisors have responded to nearly 150,000 vehicle crashes. But after his ordeal, Marc Keinath undoubtedly hopes that the only time he’ll ever use the system is to unlock his doors.

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