Vehicle recalls can represent significant safety issues for drivers in the U.S. A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that auto manufacturers had more than 650 safety recalls in 2012. The recalls affected more than 17.8 million vehicles and included safety issues involving vehicle equipment and child-safety seats.
Much is made about the dangers of winter driving. Snow, ice and visibility problems are major culprits, but worn tires present hidden issues that are often unaddressed until it is too late. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) estimates that 11 percent of vehicles on the road in the United States have at least one bald tire. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that of the 39 million drivers on the road during the holiday season, four million were at risk of car accidents because of worn tires. These concerns continue even as the holiday driving season winds down, since snow and ice storms will persist until at least April in North Carolina.