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Tire pressures play a big factor in accidents

A government study performed in the United States has found that 5% of vehicles involved in crashes experienced some sort of tire problem. The moral of the study is that underinflated tires are at significantly higher risk of causing an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- using data gathered between 2005 and 2007 -- conducted the study.
According to the study, vehicles with tires underinflated by 25% or more were three times as likely to be involved in the crash linked to tire problems. The study also found that 66% of tire related crashes involve passenger cars.
"Tire problems are inherently hazardous to vehicle safety," the NHTSA report said. "When these problems emerge in the pre-crash phase, the time window for attempting a crash avoidance maneuver is normally very small."
Another discovery made in the study includes that poorly maintained tires are tires that are underinflated are also more likely to experience problems in bad weather.
Of the sample vehicles that the study looked at it was determined that 11.2% had problems linked to tires in bad weather compared to 3.9% when weather was not a factor. Senior vice president for public affairs cites the new tire study for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, Dan Zielinski, as a clear indication that proper tire maintenance and inflation are critical for driver safety.
Tire pressure monitoring systems are installed in all 2008 model year and newer vehicles due to a U.S. government mandate. The tire pressure monitoring system alerts drivers when any tire is 25% or more below the recommended inflation level.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: car vs tire manufacturers
By hangfirew8 on 6/11/2012 2:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ford called out a low inflation pressure for the tires to make the ride seem less harsh. And then, of course, many in the motoring public never even bothered to keep their tires at THAT pressure. Greatly increased sidewall flex caused tire failures, resulting in rollovers. And Firestone got the blame.

Wrong. There was a lot more to the Firestone/Explorer problems than recommended tire pressure. Firestone made defective tires prone to tread separation- Goodyears running at the same pressures on the same vehicles had no such problem. Ford made a poorly balanced vehicle. Together they created a serious liability problem for the manufacturers.

Firestone was found to have a long history of labor and quality problems in their Decatur plant, and Ford in Venezuela was already recalling the Explorer for refits to deal with the rollover problems. Both companies knew about the problems and tried to silence everyone hurt with settlement agreements. Finally someone refused a settlement offer, went to the media and blew the lid off the case.

Both statistically and through experimentation, it was found that all other SUV's in the road were more tolerant of blowouts and less likely to roll over than the early Ford Explorers.

RE: car vs tire manufacturers
By mindless1 on 6/14/2012 3:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's sort of irrelevant. Semis are more prone to rollover and lose tire treads all the time. The problem was mostly that drivers were migrating to SUVs from cars and did not adjust their driving style to factor for a more top heavy SUV.

Yes Ford could be blamed a bit for not making the top as light as possible in the interest of safety but no matter what vehicle you drive you still have to operate it within its capabilities.

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