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Brake Safety Awareness Week, sponsored by the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), will be held Aug. 21-29.

More than 8,000 repair facilities are expected to participate in the annual event by offering inspections; educating vehicle owners regarding key undercar systems; providing complimentary automotive troubleshooting materials; and answering consumers’ preventative maintenance questions.

During the 2009 event, an average facility performed repairs on more than 50% of the vehicles inspected, according to MAP.

A highlight of the 2010 Brake Safety Awareness Week is new point-of-sale promotional materials, including a poster and a brochure on the benefits of brake inspection.

“Many vehicles require service that the average person wouldn’t be able to detect from daily driving, making it even more critical to perform periodic safety inspections," says MAP President Barry Soltz. "Plus, it’s important to know what to look out for when it comes to brake components and other undercar parts that periodically wear out.”

MAP, a non-profit program created by the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, requires all of its participating facilities to adhere to a strict set of fact-based vehicle inspection and communication standards. MAP has established criteria not only for recommending replacement of worn parts and other products, but also how these recommendations should be communicated to the vehicle owner.

MAP also offers tips for choosing and working with qualified repair providers. For more information, visit www.motorist.org.

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