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|5th October 2015, 21:38||#61|
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Re: Tata Xenon: Bonnet flies open on the highway!
The moment i read this story, it took me back a decade ago where exactly the same thing had happened to me.
It was in Mumbai & i was driving a Santro Xing & had taken my car for refueling at the pump. Since those were rainy days, Aug 2005 it was, i asked the petrol pump guy to also top up the wiper fluid. All this time i was sitting in the car as it was drizzling & the pump guy opened the bonnet & closed it also.( I could have been a little vigilant here..but this is only on a hindsight)
There was this usual traffic in Mumbai & i was going to my office at Belapur, Navi Mumbai. As soon as i reached the Palm beach Rd, which is a four lane open stretch kind of a road i was able to speed up, fed up completely by the mundane rush hour traffic earlier to around 80/90 kmph.
Thaadd! was the sound, for few seconds i didn't know what happened ! By instinct i applied emergency brakes & brought the vehicle under control to a stop by the side. By the grace of God there wasn't a vehicle immediately ahead or behind me. The bonnet had opened with a gale force, banged against my windshield, cracked it, came off the hinges & fell on the ground nearby. Two, three vehicles stopped from across the road & the drivers came over to my rescue. Surprisingly nothing else happened to my vehicle in terms of mechanicals except for the cracked windshield. It had not cracked open & was holding well & i could reach the office, write a near miss report. It was quite a sight when i was coming back from work with the front wide open having shoved the bonnet in the back seat & my beloved Santro earned the highest visibility points that evening.
schakravarthy's incident brought back memories of the past. I have since cultivated a habit of double checking of the bonnet lock personally.
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