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Drivers unaware about registering tires

The NTSB says consumers are largely unaware of the importance of registering their tires. The NTSB says consumers are largely unaware of the importance of registering their tires.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The National Transportation Safety Board reports consumers are largely unaware of the importance of registering their tires.

Some Heartland residents said they never knew they were supposed to register them.

"It sounds really weird but never heard of it," Quinton Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he would think someone would tell you to do register the tires.

"I mean it's an important part of the vehicle," Kennedy said. "I mean how would you go anywhere without them?"

Bill Linamen, an employee for Raben Tire Company, said registering your tires allows you to be notified about safety recalls.

For example, Michelin recalled 100,000 tires in 2013. If your tires were a part of that recall, and you had registered your tires, you would've been contacted.

"If there is a problem with the manufacture of the tire-some things that could happen batch gets mixed incorrectly- the manufacturer is able to contact these people and get the product off the road as quickly as possible," Linamen said.

Freda Lintner, a manager for Raben, said it's all about safety.

"It's the only part of your car that touches the road," Lintner said. "You've got your vehicle, you've got your family, everything riding on those tires. At the end of the day, if they're not up to par nothing is."

You can register your tires with the DOT identification number.

That can be found on the sidewall of of every tire.

Drivers can enter that number on the manufacturers website.

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