* Perception: ``Tires, like almost everything else, have increased in price over the years.''
* Truth: Tires actually cost less than they did 20 years ago. Government studies show the cost of a typical passenger radial has declined 7.8 percent since 1981 while average family income increased 18.8 percent during that period.
* Perception: ``Most tire recalls are undertaken by order of the federal government.''
* Truth: The majority of recalls to date have been voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Of 503 recalls conducted since 1969, only 35 were ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Editor's note: Most of the information for these points was taken from more detailed articles exploring these subjects in this issue.