15 November 2017
The SCSon was driving my "fun" car home from school. Apparently traffic suddenly stopped and he didn't. He's OK, no broken bones but probably a bruise in the shape of a the seatbelt.
Also the airbag went off which is some what of a surprise. The car is 26 years old and more than enough miles to drive to themoon (>255k). Mazda runs the connections to the controls on the steering wheel through what they call a "clock spring connector". They are notorious for failing in this model and sure enough the other functions that go through the connector had all failed.
The radiator is bent which probably means the front cross member is bent. It's probably terminal. And only insured for medical & liability. No collision coverage.