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Honda Odyssey owners beaware(applies to someother minivas)

 
Kishore Dandu
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I had this almost serious accident with my Honda Odyssey last sunday evening.

I was returning from Airport(picked up family coming back from India). After about 4 miles of drive, I felt the ride being a little not too comfortable and a little shaky. I thought it could be related to alignment and noted that to be first priority to check it out.

With in another mile I had a flat tire at 70mph and I had to pull to the left curb of a freeway, since the right lines were fully occupied.

I came out of the car, first thing I observed is gas coming out from underneath the vehicle. Then I realized it is the left rear tire. Honda has this strange design where gas pump connection is pulled through the semi circular compartment near the tire. Only thing separating the tire and the gas connections is a protective shield.

When the flat tire happened, it ripped the protective shield and also the connections to the gas container.

I am at present getting the van repaired by a local honda dealer. The body shop guy says, many mini vans have similar design for gas connectivity. They also added that it is one of the worst outcomes of a tire failure they have seen in a while.

I am not sure if I need to bring this up with Honda though...
 
Alan Wanwierd
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Sounds like the fault that caused Concorde to blow up!

A tyre blew out on the runway and smashed through fuel lines - resulting in 99 passengers and 3 crew exploding dramatically just off the end of the runway in Paris a few years back...
 
Gail Schlentz
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Originally posted by Kishore Dandu:
I am not sure if I need to bring this up with Honda though...


Absolutely!!
 
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Kishore Dandu:
I had this almost serious accident with my Honda Odyssey last sunday evening.

I was returning from Airport(picked up family coming back from India). After about 4 miles of drive, I felt the ride being a little not too comfortable and a little shaky. I thought it could be related to alignment and noted that to be first priority to check it out.

With in another mile I had a flat tire at 70mph and I had to pull to the left curb of a freeway, since the right lines were fully occupied.

I came out of the car, first thing I observed is gas coming out from underneath the vehicle. Then I realized it is the left rear tire. Honda has this strange design where gas pump connection is pulled through the semi circular compartment near the tire. Only thing separating the tire and the gas connections is a protective shield.

When the flat tire happened, it ripped the protective shield and also the connections to the gas container.

I am at present getting the van repaired by a local honda dealer. The body shop guy says, many mini vans have similar design for gas connectivity. They also added that it is one of the worst outcomes of a tire failure they have seen in a while.

I am not sure if I need to bring this up with Honda though...


What year is your Honda Odyssey? I am curious to know if this problem affects all Odyssey minivans?
 
Kishore Dandu
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Its a 2000 Odyssey.

I am getting into a habit of seeing under the left rear tire area for all Odysseys that are passing me by, and seems like all of them have similar setup.
 
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