When tires turn deadly

If you spend enough time driving on a highway, you are sure to drive by the scattered pieces of a blowout or fragments of a tire tread separation, especially on the freeway, from trucks and tractor trailers.

But passenger vehicles are just as likely to suffer a blowout which can result in a fatal accident just like the one involving an SUV that had a blow out near Roberta Road in Cameron County last month.

A pregnant woman was killed as well as a 4 year old girl who was ejected when the vehicle flipped several times.

Experts say there is no better time than now to make sure tragedy doesn't strike again.

"When vehicle tires are underinflated they are more likely to cause more friction which makes the tire weaker which makes it more likely to blow," Chris Ortiz said.

Chris Ortiz is the service center manager at Boggus Ford in Harlingen and says blowouts can happen at any time, but can be avoided if tires are routinely inspected,

"Tires should at least be checked once a month because the average tire loses about one pound of pressure a month."

Especially since the summer temperatures are adding more stress on them.

"When the vehicle is moving back and forth and rotating causes mre heat and weakens the tire itself," said Ortiz.

Under or overinflating can be devastating on the road that's why it's important to follow the air requirements of each specific vehicle, according to Ortiz.

"The biggest misconception is they go off the side wall of the tire and that's the max pressure that a tire can hold. You should be looking at the inside of your door jamb that will give you the proper inflation that your tires should be at."

It's one more thing to worry about when you're on the road, but it's one of the most important checks to save a life.

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