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U.S. warns of tire pressure on big vans

May 27, 2005 at 3:30 PM

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is raising an alarm about the need to better monitor tire pressures on 15-passenger vans.

The agency said new research indicates that 74 percent of all 15-passenger vans in the United States were likely to have "significantly mis-inflated" tires, compared with 39 percent of cars, the Detroit News reported Friday.

The NHTSA said improperly inflated tires can change handling characteristics and increase the likelihood of a rollover.

"The risks associated with 15-passenger vans can be minimized if users take some basic safety precautions," said NHTSA administrator Dr. Jeffrey Runge.

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