Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Reduce Risk of Under Inflation

by Guy L. Watts II on 12/20/2012

Tires that come with tire pressure monitoring system are less likely to suffer from under inflation compared to tires that are not equipped with such monitoring systems.  That information comes from a federal study that found the presence of tire pressure monitoring systems causes a reduction of 55% in the chances that the vehicle will have at least one underinflated tire.

The data came from a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, evaluating the agency's Safety Standard 138 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.  The report was based on a study of tire pressure monitoring systems that was conducted last year.  A total of more than 6,100 complete inspections were included in the analysis, including an evaluation of the tire pressure monitoring systems on all 4 tires. 

The researchers found that more than 23% of the vehicles of model year 2004-2007 that came without the tire pressure monitoring system had at least one tire that was severely underinflated.  The definition for “severe under inflation” was defined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 138.  However, in the vehicles of model year 2004-2007, only about 11.8% of the vehicles that came with pressure monitoring system, had one severely underinflated tire.

The researchers have concluded based on these results that the presence of a tire pressure monitoring system on vehicles of model year 2004 to 2007 resulted in a 55.6% reduction in the chances that the vehicle would have at least one severely underinflated tire. 

Under inflated tires are a serious, but underestimated accident hazard that contributes to thousands of accidents every year.  Often, Texas product liability lawyers find that tire-related problems are the result of tire defects that may go unnoticed until a devastating accident occurs.

Tags: Tire Defects, NHTSA

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