Honda have not had a very good track record when it comes to serious problems with their cars, but a recent 2012 Honda Civic explosion is not a sign of a new recall issue, as this was down to the owners error. When we first saw the image we thought that the Japanese car manufacturer had a serious issue with the Civic range, so those who currently own a 2012 model can rest assured that this is not the case.
A negligent plumber who left his wielding rig in the trunk of his 2012 Honda Civic caused the explosion, and it is worth pointing out that oxygen and acetylene tanks being transported in a closed cabin vehicle is illegal in many states.
The guy was not aware that the acetylene tank had a slow leak that filled the interior of the car, and it was when his girlfriend used her key fob to open the trunk that the mechanism used to open the trunk caused a small spark, which was enough to set off a huge explosion. The end result is very bad indeed but could have been so much worse.
We’re happy to say that no one was injured, although several vehicles sustained damage. We’re not sure how the guy will explain this one to his insurance company, but we bet the warranty does not cover this kind of damage.