NHTSA Reports Many Van Tires Improperly Inflated
WASHINGTON, D.C. — About three-quarters of all 15-passenger vans had at least one tire that was improperly inflated, increasing the likelihood of rollovers among the vehicles, federal regulators said May 26, 2005, according to the Associated Press.With many of the vans expected to be used for summer outings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged drivers and passengers in the vehicles to wear seat belts and vigilantly check tire pressure to help avoid rollovers and other accidents."The vans are convenient, but drivers and passengers have to use extra caution," said NHTSA administrator Jeffrey Runge. "The risks associated with 15-passenger vans can be minimized if users take some basic safety precautions." Routine checks of the tires, including tire pressure, should be at the top of the list, he said.An agency research report found that 74 percent of the large vans had a tire that was either underinflated or overinflated by 25 percent or more. In comparison, about 40 percent of passengers cars had an improperly inflated tire, according to the Associated Press.