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Study: Low, worn tires may increase accident risk by three times

Officials with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association have recently conducted a study in order to determine if there is a link between underinflated tires and car accidents. The study confirms with information that Consumer Reports has been advocating for quite some time.

Officials looked into data from car accidents that occurred between the years 2005 and 2007 and found that vehicles that had their tires inflated more than 25 percent more than recommended levels, were three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire issues than cars with correct inflation levels.

The study looked at data recorded before tire pressure monitoring systems were installed into vehicles because drivers are now alerted when the tire pressure drops below recommended levels and when maintenance is needed. A 2009 analysis of these pressure monitoring systems showed that 57 percent of all vehicles that has these systems had proper tire inflation levels.

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