The Real “Deflate-Gate”: Under Inflated Tires on Nearly 7 out of 10 Vehicles

America Needs Inflation for Tires, Not Footballs

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WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2015 — A sudden national focus on under inflation can be helpful if that attention can be directed at tires instead of footballs, according to a tire manufacturer organization.Deflate_Gate_12915

“Under inflated tires put motorists at a higher risk on the road and waste gasoline,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.  “Curiously, it’s an u
nder infla
ted football that has
captured national attention.   Hopefully, the publicity surrounding under inflation will help consumers to focus as much on their tires as the media as focused on footballs.”

Federal highway safety research shows that under inflated tires are three times more likely to be a factor in a vehicle crash compared to properly inflated tires.  RMA research shows that nearly seven out of ten vehicles have at least one under inflated tire.

RMA recommends that motorists check tire pressure every month and before long trips.  “If you’re driving on Super Bowl Sunday, you should check your tire pressure first then check your football,” Zielinski said.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at