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    Posted on June 10th, 2010

    Written by sslates

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    In honor of Tire Safety Week, tire makers and Las Vegas personal injury lawyers are drawing attention to the need to maintain your tires properly to prevent accidents. Tires are the only part of your car that are constantly in contact with the road, and therefore, must be kept in optimum condition. However, tire safety is often overlooked, resulting in adverse incidents like blowouts etc.

    The most important thing you can do to ensure your tires are in optimum shape is to make sure these are inflated properly. Tires must be inflated according to the vehicle’s specifications. Tire pressure must be checked at least once a month.

    Get wheel alignment checked at least one every year.

    Get your tires rotated every 5,000 miles.

    The most common problems that frequently result in accidents are poor tire tread. Check the tire tread frequently. Your tire should optimally have a 2/32 inch of tread.

    Check the grooves of the tire frequently to make sure that they’re clean and free from debris, like stones, pebbles and other foreign objects.

    Make sure that there are no cuts on your tires, or bulges.

    It’s the right time to bring attention to tire safety. The past two years have been tainted with tire safety scandals, including one in which a TV channel exposed the fact that several tire companies were pushing old and outdated tires into the market. Tires are like any other product, and have a shelf life of a few years.  When they are past their prime, they are in danger of a blowout and accidents.

    Since the scandal broke, a bill has been introduced that will require manufacturers to hand over documents at the time of sale indicating the date of manufacture of the tire. Not surprisingly, tire manufacturers have not exactly been enthusiastic about this idea.

    Tread separation is one of the most common causes of tire defect-related accidents. A sudden tread separation at high speeds can cause a motorist to lose control of his vehicle, contributing to a rollover accident. This week, it’s time for more attention on the need for frequent checkups of tires.

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