Helpful Links for TPMS Information
The following online resources are available to help you understand TPMS and how it relates to tire pressure, tire safety and fuel efficiency.
RMA.org –The official site of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, a national trade association for the elastomer products manufacturing industry, which includes tires. Download the RMA tire care fact sheet and a brochure below, or visit the RMA tire safety Web site just for consumers, BeTireSmart.org.
SaferCar.gov –A joint effort created by NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide critical guidance in safe vehicle operation and maintenance.
Fueleconomy.gov –A joint effort created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide information on achieving better fuel efficiency.
NHTSA.gov –The official Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
TireIndustry.org –The official Web site of the international tire industry; see the section specifically for consumers.
Erscharter.eu –The European Road Safety Charter is a European participatory platform made up of enterprises, associations, research institutions and public authorities dedicated to making roads safer in Europe.
TPMS: Educate the Consumer to Turn a Blinking light into a Profit Center for Your Shop
TPMS: It’s No Waste of Time
Low Tire pressure could be putting you at risk (Canada)
Excerpt: More than half of Canadian drivers drive with at least one tire improperly inflated, according to Transport Canada, which could lead to a dangerous situation such as skidding, hydroplaning or losing control of the vehicle.
EU drivers still under-inflate their tyres
Excerpt: In a new survey, Bridgestone has found that 71% of motorists in Europe are driving on under-inflated tyres, wasting 2 billion litres of fuel a year, and adding 4.8 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Dealers, Drivers Need to Think of TPMS in Winter Tire Changeovers
by Skip Scherer
Publication: Tire Review, February 14, 2011
Excerpt: The time to change to and from snow tires is both a regional and personal decision. Whenever it takes place, a changeover brings with it a need for consumers to make some decisions. To purchase or not purchase a second set of wheels needs to be followed with questions about TPMS sensors.
Heed the Warning: AAA Reminds Drivers to Not Ignore Their Car's Warning Lights
Publication: Press Release, January 27, 2011
Excerpt: "Warning lights are there for a reason—to let us know something is wrong with our car," said John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Repair and Buying. "In some cases, ignoring a warning light can quickly result in catastrophic damage to your car's engine, so it's important to know what each light means and what you should do if it comes on while driving."
Time to get pumped about tire-pressure safety
by Bob Weber
Publication: Chicago Tribute, August 29, 2010
Excerpt: The federal government gives great acronyms. Take the TREAD (Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation) Act. In the late 1990s, Ford-built SUVs suffered high failure rates of 15-inch Firestone tires, leading to loss of control and vehicle rollovers. The U.S. Department of Transportation investigated the issue, resulting in the TREAD Act, passed by Congress in 2000. As a result of TREAD, since 2008 all light vehicles are required to have tire-pressure-monitoring systems. When the tire pressure drops below 25 percent of the normal inflation, the system triggers a warning-light icon that many motorists don't recognize. The low-tire-pressure icon is a cross-section of a tire with an exclamation point in the center.
One third of drivers can't recognize this idiot light
by Chris Woodyard
Publication: USA Today, August 3, 2010
Excerpt: What if you made a product that shows up on every new car, a product that can save lives, but a third of motorists can't use the product because they have no idea what it is? Such is the quandary faced by Schrader, a company that makes tire pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS for short.
Do You Know What This Symbol Means?
by Colin Bird
Publication: Yahoo! Autos
Excerpt: Do you recognize the symbol here? It lights up in your instrument panel and looks like a U-shaped pictograph with treads and an exclamation point in the middle. Do you understand what it means now? If you guessed a low tire-pressure warning, you are right. If you didn't recognize the symbol, that's also understandable because one out of three drivers do not, according to Schrader, a company that makes tire pressure monitoring systems.
Honk If You…Can't identify this dashboard indicator light
by Vicky Hyman
Publication: Inside Jersey, August 2010
Excerpt: Golly, onboard diagnostics are so advanced these days. There's even an indicator that lets you know when you really, really have to go to the bathroom. What? You say that's the symbol for low tire pressure? Then why is it in the shape of a toilet bowl with an exclamation point in the center? Don't worry – nearly half of those surveyed about the indicator earlier this year could not correctly identify it.
Save Money, Help the Environment With Properly Inflated Tires
Excerpt: Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are now a standard safety feature on all new cars in the United States. TPMS automatically monitors tire pressure and alerts the driver when the pressure in one or more tires becomes significantly low – and potentially dangerous. Still, conducting monthly tire pressure checks is one of the smartest driving moves you can make. Not only are properly inflated tires critical for vehicle safety, they also increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Are You "Under Pressure"? Don't Ignore This Dashboard Alert
Excerpt: When your gas gauge creeps closer to E, you don't think twice about filling up because you understand the consequences. So, what about your tire pressure light or TPMS alert? Do you ignore it? Did you know that roughly 700 motorists crash every day because of underinflated tires? There are serious costs to ignoring your TPMS dashboard alertso, when it's on, be sure to take action.
7 Car Problems That Can Leave You Stranded
We've all been there at one point or another... Stranded. Usually because something has suddenly gone wrong with the car. But a lot of the common culprits can actually be prevented. Consumer Reports has come out with their Annual Auto Issue, and they have outlined the top problems that can leave you hanging and how to prevent them.
Safety and Savings from Your Tire Light
Excerpt: There are several ways to save some green at the pump. It turns out your tire light is your best friend, not only in saving money, but in keeping your family safe. Mark Kuhlmeier has been working under car hoods for more than 35 years as the owner of Kulhy's Import Specialists in Quincy. He says don't ignore your tire light. If it comes on, check the tire pressure. If it doesn't go off, the high-tech sensor in your tires could be warning you of another problem.
Putting Off Repairs Is No Saving
Excerpt: Nobody likes car repairs: they're inconvenient and you finish up with a bill to pay. Because of that, many people put off repairs as long as possible. You can get away with that on a few things, but there are some that should be addressed right away. Ignore your car's warning signs and you could be in for an even bigger repair bill, along with the possibility of serious damage or your vehicle becoming unsafe to drive.
What do ABS, ESC, RSC, TC and TPMS Mean?
Excerpt: Hopefully, you know your ABCs. But as a driver, how familiar are you with the automobile safety feature alphabet? You know, features with acronyms such as ABS, ESC, RSC, TC and TPMS? With winter on the way, perhaps now is a good time to review some of these features and how they might help in inclement conditions.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Excerpt: Tire Inflation Pressure Monitor Systems (TPMS) are being used on more and more new vehicles. Low tires are potentially dangerous, especially if a vehicle is heavily loaded and traveling at highway speeds during hot weather. A low tire under these conditions is a blowout waiting to happen. The inflation pressure of the tires should be checked regularly, but many motorists do not check their tires. That is why Tire Pressure Monitor Systems are coming into use.