Tire Pressure Monitoring System Can Saves Lives
Most people ignore their tires, yet tires are undoubtedly a critical
safety component on a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects
traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a
sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs
when operating at high speeds.
- Nearly 250,000 accidents occur in the United States per year due to
low tire pressure.
- About 75 % of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under
- According to a recent survey, America could reduce its fuel
consumption by 10 % and save a collective $2 billion a year by keeping
tires properly inflated.
- NHTSA estimates that tire pressure monitoring systems could prevent
as many as 79 deaths and 10,365 injuries each year in the United
What is the Effect of Under Inflation?
An estimated 23,000 accidents and 535 fatal accidents annually involve
blowouts or flat tires. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is not only a
major safety concern, but can also affect the handling and performance of
Why Is It More Expensive and Time Consuming to Have Tires Serviced
Rather Than Rotated?
Technicians use special diagnostic tools to test and recalibrate sensors
any time a tire is moved from one location on the vehicle to another. A
sensor must be tested to make sure it is functioning correctly and also must
be reprogrammed whenever tires are moved from one position to another during
rotation. OEMs recommend a sensor service kit be installed every time a tire
is serviced. These kits include replacement parts to properly service the
sensor. Sensors are powered by a battery that usually has a life of 6 to 8
years. The sensor has to be replaced when the battery fails because the
batteries are not replaceable.