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ARMOR ALL ANNOUNCES MIDSUMMER'S TOP 10 HOT SPOTS -- CITIES TOUGHEST ON A CAR'S APPEARANCE; SECOND ANNUAL CAR CARE STUDY RELEASED

ARMOR ALL ANNOUNCES MIDSUMMER'S TOP 10 HOT SPOTS -- CITIES TOUGHEST
 ON A CAR'S APPEARANCE; SECOND ANNUAL CAR CARE STUDY RELEASED
 ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today may mark the official half-point of summer, but the season's traditionally hottest weeks are still ahead, when searing heat, ozone and sunshine can take the greatest toll on some of America's most prized investments -- automobiles.
 It's a time when a car's interior temperature can exceed 230 degrees on a sunny day, and smog and ultraviolet light have the strongest effect on tires.
 To alert consumers living in especially hot and smoggy areas, Armor All Products Corp. announces the "Top 10 Hot Spots for August: Cities Toughest on a Car's Appearance." The rankings are based upon the amount of ultraviolet rays, ozone and heat in each metro area, according to statistics from the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 So beware, Sun Belt residents -- Los Angeles, with above-normal temperatures expected for August, leads the list, just above second- place Phoenix.
 Hot Spots Nos. 3 through 10 are Sacramento, Calif.; Miami; Jacksonville-Orlando, Fla.; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; San Diego; Atlanta; Dallas-Ft. Worth; and Houston.
 San Diego and Sacramento are also expecting above-normal temperatures, meaning the heat damage possibilities are even greater in those locations.
 "Heat is tough on the entire automobile," said Leslie Kennedy, consumer relations manager. "It affects the exterior surface, particularly paint, while inside, it damages dashboards, seats and other areas.
 "The sun's rays pose another serious threat," she added. "The UV light attacks the paint finish and deteriorates a vehicle's rubber, vinyl and plastic parts."
 Ozone also combines with sunlight and unburned hydrocarbons to create smog, which besides posing a risk to humans, deteriorates rubber by breaking down the exposed surface of tires. This causes stress on tires and leads to surface discoloration.
 To combat the elements, Kennedy recommends regular washing and waxing, as well as using a water-based protectant on all rubber, vinyl and plastic areas, inside and out. Parking in the shade when possible, and rolling down the windows slightly on warm days will help alleviate the problem.
 The cities were ranked according to a 10-point maximum-value system based on the total impact of ultraviolet rays, ozone and heat elements upon vehicle surfaces.
 The ultraviolet rays factor was determined by the average percentage of sunlight between sunrise and sunset, ozone from the number of days per year the city exceeded national air quality standards and heat on the average daily maximum temperature.
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 /CONTACT: Leslie Kennedy of Armor All Products, 800-747-4104; or Robbie Raffish of Bob Thomas & Associates, 310-314-6600, for Armor All Products/ CO: Armor All Products Corp. ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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