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According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers with tires underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to get into a car crash. Underinflated tires run a higher risk of overheating, leading to tire failure or blow outs.
The study found that five percent of cars studied experienced tire failure immediately prior to an accident. Half of these crashes involved only one car with 45 percent of SUVs rolling over.
Although all vehicles made after 2007 are required to have tire-pressure monitoring systems, the NHTSA says that drivers should not substitute the system for monthly tire pressure checks.
Before you experience a potentially dangerous accident involving underinflated tires, be sure to read our tips for avoiding tire blowouts. If you have been in crash due to a tire defect, contact the defective tire attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling 615-277-2765 today.