Smart Car Explodes After The Driver Puts Fuel In The Air Intake

Accidents happen, but this one almost cost a Smart Car driver her life. According to The Drive, Julie Nicklin accidentally poured several gallons of gas into the air intake of the 2005 car. And then as you would expect, the car exploded when she turned the key.

You’re probably wondering how she mixed the air intake and fuel filler up. On the Smart Car design, the ports are almost identical and are both located on the rear fender. Although it says “no fuel” on the intake cap, apparently mistakes are still made. Luckily, on newer models, the air intake has been updated with a different look. And lucky for Julie, a construction worker was able to pull her from the flames before she got any serious injuries. You can watch the whole video at

As we begin PowerNation in 2018 we’re changing how we bring you all those cool cars and interesting builders and owners. Instead of them coming to us, we’re going to them! Starting in January Gannon Pritchard will join Katie on PowerNation as he field reports from the shops, garages, homes, barns and any other car connected places we can find. Our first week’s show comes to you from Bay One Customs in Springfield, Tennessee. Owner T.C. Penick opens up the doors and lets Gannon inside his shop that has produced so many amazing builds over the years.

Plus we’ll have a stand-alone digital version story of each shop that you can find on It’s an all-new way to bring you PowerNation, so join Katie, Gannon and the rest of the Tech Center team as we strive to bring all new tech and how-to all year long.