* Perception: ``The massive product recalls of 2000 and 2001 are evidence that many tires are unsafe-even when new.''
* Truth: Few if any tires marketed in North America are unsafe when new-this thanks to industry and government product standards and demanding purchasing specifications imposed by vehicle manufacturers.
Debate centers mostly on whether all tires have sufficient reserve capabilities to withstand prolonged use under adverse conditions.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicate a tire problem may have occured in one of 900 traffic accidents where someone was killed or injured. This includes those failing due to such causes as owner neglect, nail penetrations and road hazards.
A typical P225/60R16 passenger tire completes more than 30 million revolutions without incident during its 40,000+ mile lifespan.
Editor's note: Information on these points was taken from articles in this issue.