Tire System Curbs Major Crashes

November 9, 2004
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Tire blowouts and flats are some of the leading causes of deaths on roadways. According to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 23,000
tire-related accidents every year; 535 of them are fatal. Until now, drivers have had no
control over the loss of tire pressure, flats or blowouts. A revolutionary new tire system,
called the PAX System, is changing that and giving drivers safe alternatives to traditional
tires. The most fundamental difference between traditional tire-and-wheel assemblies and
the PAX System is that the PAX System tire never separates from the rim, even with the
occurrence of a sudden flat at high speeds under normal driving conditions. The inner
support ring also offers maneuverability and control in the event of a blowout. An on-board
monitoring system allows drivers to monitor PAX System tire pressure and instantly alerts
the driver to changes in tire pressure. NHTSA has proposed a rule that, by September 2007,
tire-pressure monitoring systems similar to ones used with the PAX System will be required
on all new vehicles. PAX System tires can run for 125 miles at 55 mph after a flat or
blowout. Developed and patented by Michelin, the PAX System has been licensed to competing
tire manufacturers, including Pirelli, Goodyear, Sumitomo and Toyo.

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