April 11, 2005

Tire pressure monitors to become standard

Washington, DC – All passenger cars will have tire pressure monitoring systems, beginning with the 2006 model year, according to a new motor vehicle safety standard by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The regulation will require that manufacturers install a system that can detect when one or more of the vehicle’s tires are 25 per cent or more below the recommended inflation pressure.

Phase-in will begin September 1, 2005. All new four-wheeled vehicles weighing 4,535 kg or less must be equipped with the system by the 2008 model year.

The Institute estimates that about 120 lives will be saved each year when all new vehicles are equipped with the system, and that consumers should see improved fuel economy and increased tire life. The manufacturers’ average cost per vehicle is estimated to be between US$48.44 and US$69.89, depending on the technology used.

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