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Overloading Your Car Can Be Dangerous

"Bad accidents. Especially driving down the highway at 70 mph tire comes apart, you can lose control of the vehicle and cause serious injury." said Bob Lang of Lang Tire and Auto. "Bad accidents. Especially driving down the highway at 70 mph tire comes apart, you can lose control of the vehicle and cause serious injury." said Bob Lang of Lang Tire and Auto.
"It's a safety feature and it's up to the consumer to be aware of it and to not load extra stuff and keep extra stuff in the car," said John Chandler. "It's a safety feature and it's up to the consumer to be aware of it and to not load extra stuff and keep extra stuff in the car," said John Chandler.

Car weight limits are becoming a dangerous problem consumers need to know about.

The Centers for Disease Control says five average Americans weigh too much for a compact sedan to drive safely.

Car overloading, it's a problem that's causing tires to fail.

"Bad accidents. Especially driving down the highway at 70 mph tire comes apart, you can lose control of the vehicle and cause serious injury." said Bob Lang of Lang Tire and Auto.

So the government warns consumers with a sticker that tells them the maximum amount of weight a car can hold.  The sticker can be found on the drivers side door in vehicles 2006 and newer.

John Chandler sells new and used cars and he says it's a feature he points out during the selling process.

"It's a safety feature and it's up to the consumer to be aware of it and to not load extra stuff and keep extra stuff in the car," said Chandler.

Problem is, car makers are not making cars that can hold the average American's weight.  Meaning 5 adult passengers would overload a compact sedan. So what can consumers do?

Lang says "tire maintenance is very important. Rotation needs to be taken care of about every 5 to 6 thousand miles, check air pressure and tread depth."

The weight limits don't just include passengers, cargo is another factor to take into consideration when measuring the weight you're putting in your car.

Also if you're driving an older car make sure to always check tire pressure and you can even look on the tires to see how much weight they can hold as a guide.

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