NHTSA publishes final rule on TPMS; tyre indistry criticises 25% limit

Washington DC–Representatives of the tyre industry blasted as inadequate the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s final rule on tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) issued yesterday.

The new standard requires a TPMS on all new cars by the 2008 model year that will warn motorists when one or more of their tyres is 25 percent or more under the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. The Rubber Manufacturers Association–supported by the Tire Industry Association, the American Automobile Association and other groups–consistently has said this is too low a…

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