Is this car safe to drive?
August 19, 2011 2:14 PM Subscribe
I was planning on driving Mrs. Primate and Messrs Primates Jr to JFK tomorrow (45 minutes one way, no traffic), but we had a little accident yesterday. Details inside.
My wife drove our 2005 Honda Odyssey into the back of a church bus; both cars were stopped at a light, she thought the light had changed to green and took off and hit the back of the bus with the front of the Odyssey starting from a dead stop from about yard back.
I noticed only superficial damage to the front bumper and license plate holder yesterday. However, when I actually drove the car today, the check airbag light was on, the driver's side seatbelt would not move nor could I stretch it far enough to slot it in the holder (and the column holding the seatbelt is somewhat detached from the internal frame of the car by the door), and the alignment definitely felt off, especially on the right front tire (from the driver's perspective.)
If it were only the seatbelt not engaging, I would risk it (it still looks like you're wearing it, so I wouldn't get stopped). But that check airbag warning and the alignment thing worry me, especially in NYC traffic, especially with the family in tow and lots of suitcases weighing the car down.
I know you are not a mechanic, nor are you my mechanic, but any advice would be appreciated. I do not have time, at this point in the day, to find a mechanic to look at it (5:00 pm on a Friday), but I'm not going to see my family again for six weeks, so I'd rather avoid calling a car service if I can.