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Tire Safety: Getting to Know Your Tires

The condition of your tires affects their safety. Too little tread or mis-inflated tires can negatively affect handling and lead to accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The tire defect attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, encourage you to get to know your tires and learn to recognize when they need to be repaired or replaced. Most consumers do not know how to maintain their tires or how to recognize the dangers. Manufacturers and sellers do not provide adequate warning or instruction to protect the consumer and warn them of the dangers. When you know what to look for, you can also recognize potential tire defects that can cause accidents. For more information:

Check the tread depth: California law requires vehicles to have at least 1/32nd of an inch of tread remaining on the tires for them to be drivable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says tires should be replaced when tread depth reaches 2/32nds of an inch. Most manufacturers recommend replacement at less than 4/32nds of an inch.

The penny approach: If you can see the top of Lincoln's head when you place a penny into a tire's tread groves, you have less than 2/32nds of an inch of tread remaining.

Look for uneven wear: Tread that wears out faster in the middle of the tire than on the edges or vice versa is a sign of potential problems, including tire tread separation. Get them checked out.

Check air pressure: Tires can lose pressure. Low pressure is one of the most problematic issues for tire performance. It may adversely affect mileage, tire wear and handling of the vehicle.

Inflate tires to the correct specification: You will find the recommended tire inflation pressure for your vehicle in the owner's manual and on a metal placard located on the driver's side door, under the hood or in the glove compartment. The inflation rating on the tire sidewall is the maximum allowable inflation rating for your tire, but it may not be the vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire inflation rating for your vehicle.

Find out if you are driving on problem tires: Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tire and vehicle recall page and defect investigation page.

Be careful with plugs or patches: If you have a puncture, your tire may be repaired by the use of a plug or a patch. Problems may arise if the repair is not done properly. Inspect a repaired tire often and replace it if you observe any deterioration.

If you have been injured in an accident that involved a dangerous or defective tire, please contact the attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. Our tire defect lawyers represent clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.

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