So, here I am, minding my own business at 45 MPH when *BANG* and I almost lose control of my recently acquired 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport. “One of my brand new Michelin Alpin PA4s must’ve been defective and blown out,” I think in the instant while wildly countersteering to stay in my lane on the busy street before the I-66 onramp.

After 100 feet of skid, the car stops, and I try to drive to the shoulder but to no avail. The tach sticks at 2500 RPM and I can feel the car hunching up with the torque. Huh. Reverse? No deal; still stuck. I hit the OnStar, call for a tow, and wait by the side of the road. A quick glance with my cellphone camera tells me all the diff mounts are busted to shit. I can only wait for CadillacCare to give me a tow to the local dealer.

Is there any recourse for a guy whose car tried to kill him? If it had been 100 yards later or if I’d punched it on the onramp instead of after the intersection, I’d be writing this from a hospital bed. Really, I just want them to pay for new rear tires. I dropped it off this morning but haven’t heard anything back yet.

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