2000 accord fit with wrong speed rated tires

Old 08-24-20, 06:52 PM
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2000 accord fit with wrong speed rated tires

Fairly recently (less than 1 year ago), I went to a big box store without doing any research, that happened to have an auto center with tire replacement service. The 2000 Accord was fit with the following: Douglas 205/65R15 94H SL. The attached pic shows a recent blowout that occurred; the tire has more than adequate tread remaining & inflation was proper. Upon visiting the big box website, the option to check vehicle fit was given. After providing the vehicle information, the following result populated the vehicle fit option: "This tire doesn't fit your 2000 Honda Accord. Your vehicle manufacturer recommends a speed rating of V or higher."
Is it possible that the blowout is related to the improper speed rating of the tires? If so, why would an improper speed rated tire have been sold, particularly if the big box's website stated the lack of vehicle fit? What recourse, if any, do I have?


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Old 08-25-20, 03:47 AM
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Worked as mechanic in a place that sold tires. That tire went flat and was driven on for a while , Could be less than a mile. Take it off the rim and look inside the cords will be shredded. Have seen many tires like that.
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Old 08-24-20, 09:16 PM
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I'm looking at a price tag of $47 each at Walmart.
I think maybe the quality of the tire had more to do with the blowout than a speed rating.
Douglass tires are made for Walmart by Goodyear.

I think I'd be having the place I got them from looking at it. It looks like a defective tire.

Those tires are speed rated H = 130mph.
Honda calls for speed rated V = 149mph.
Hard to believe that's the issue.

Douglas tire

That tire has some strange areas. Almost like belt shift.

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Still it wouldn't hurt to go back to that store and see what they say. Did the tire have any type of warranty? Like Pete, I doubt the speed rating had anything to do with the blow out .... unless you regularly drive over 100mph.
Old 08-25-20, 05:07 AM
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The speed rating is the max speed the tire is rated for, doubtful you were anywhere close to that so it;s somewhat a mute issue!
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Who was driving when the blowout occurred?
I agree that the tire was driven flat to cause damage like that ....


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Old 08-25-20, 08:57 AM
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I consent to the wise above me. It hit something on the sidewall, punctured it and then went flat. then, it was driven on for some time, rim cutting it like knife.
Don't blame it on speed rating. Ain't no Lambo and Honda's max at 110 speed governor anyway.

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