New NHTSA Video Stresses Tire-pressure Importance
Next week is National Tire Safety Week and with the summer travel season getting underway, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a new video to help consumers better understand the purpose and function of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) required in all vehicles made after 2007. Current NHTSA data indicates that only 19 percent of consumers properly check and inflate their tires and that one in four vehicles have at least one tire that’s significantly under-inflated at any point in time. It contends that addressing those factors is critical to helping reduce the nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes that occur in the U.S. each year.
Along with stressing the need for drivers to pay attention to any TPMS warnings that may appear on the dash display and to keep their tires properly inflated at all times, NHTSA also points out the importance of regular visual inspections of tires on any vehicle to check for other potential problems that the TPMS doesn’t cover. These include low tread depth and uneven wear patterns as well damage to the bead area or sidewalls. Equally important, the TPMS sensors also should be checked any time regular servicing is done to ensure they, too, are functioning properly. More comprehensive information on all aspects of tire safety can be found in the TireWise section of the www.safercar.gov website.
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