Avon’s lucky Liberty

Wed, 27/07/2011

Liberty driver, Avon Perera, was travelling to a friend’s house along the Monash Freeway in Melbourne when a vehicle in the lane next to him was pushed into his path, resulting in an accident at approximately 100km/h.

In a split second the airbags deployed and Avon’s vehicle rolled on its side and slid down the freeway.

Avon said: “Despite the violence of it all, I was reassured by the fact that I had chosen this car specifically for its safety. Even while hurtling down the road with the car rolling and sliding on the driver’s side door, airbags deployed, windows shattered and my head inches away from the road surface, there was never a point where I feared for my life.”

When the vehicle stopped, onlookers were quick to assist and were surprised to find that Avon had suffered no serious injuries. The driver’s side compartment was intact despite taking the brunt of the impact.

Avon continued: “ It was such a surreal moment when I unclipped my seatbelt and pulled myself out of the passenger window, and I took a moment to just sit on the side of my car (while it was still on the driver’s side) and just look around at the carnage. Everyone who stopped to help was amazed that I had survived, let alone able to pull myself out of my car without a scratch, especially the ambulance personnel who checked me out.

“What it boils down to though, is that the Liberty performed exceptionally well – as this living crash test dummy can attest. Despite the enormous forces and impact involved, the passenger cell and interior looked remarkably intact. I have no doubt whatsoever that I would have suffered serious injury, paralysis or even death had I been in a lesser car. The impact force was simply incredible!”

Avon is a firm believer of the advantages of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and believes that it has helped him tackle difficult conditions, such as bad weather, several times before the accident.

He’s currently researching which Subaru he’ll purchase to replace his beloved Liberty.


Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence.