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Toronto's Wheel-Check increasing awareness of loose wheel nut safety hazard


Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator that can identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection. (Courtesy: WHEEL-CHECK)
Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator that can identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection. (Courtesy: WHEEL-CHECK)

IRVINE, Calif. — Wheel-Check, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based company that offers a loose wheel nut indicator, is increasing awareness of loose wheel nuts by the creation of Facebook, Linked-in and Google+ social network channels.

Truck wheel detachment in North America has become a major problem, causing a large number of very serious accidents, some even resulting in fatalities, according to Stefni Cox-Walters, director of sales.

Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator that can identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection, Cox-Walters said, adding that when a wheel-nut is loosened, the Wheel-Check will become out of sequence.

It will be visible when the driver does his or her walk-around check and it is the driver’s responsibility to call maintenance and have the wheel thoroughly serviced, she said. 

Wheel-Checks are also heat sensitive.

If there is a binding brake or seized bearing, the heat is transferred through the stud and nut and if the temperature exceeds 120 degrees the Wheel-Check will start to blister around the circumference and eventually start to distort, alerting the driver to the problem.

“Wheel-Checks are a simple and inexpensive way of confirming proper wheel torque,” Cox-Walters said. “There really is nothing to it. If the nut loosens the Wheel-Check comes out of sequence and that means you need to go to maintenance and get the wheel looked at.  It’s that simple. Not everything has to be complicated.  There is an also an added benefit to the Wheel-Check; they are also heat sensitive, so if there is a brake or bearing problem the Wheel-Check will start to melt.  It’s a great added safety feature."

In celebration of 18 years in business, Wheel-Check is giving away “Wheel-Check your nuts” keychain pocket knives with winners being randomly selected.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wheelcheck, Linkedin and google.com/+wheel-check.

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