TPMS Legalities and the Importance of TPMS Education

In 2011, the Tire Industry Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration got together to address scenarios that tire dealers and service bays commonly face when performing service on vehicles with dead or defective TPMS sensors. One of the major scenarios that service bays across the nation encounter is a matter of cost and the customers willingness to replace one or more defective TPMS sensors. Without the proper training and education, technicians and staff may have a difficult time explaining the importance of TPMS and why replacing defective sensors is beneficial to the customer. Due to the lack of TPMS training, some service bays simply remove the sensors and deactivate the system all together. A decision like this puts both the customer and service bay at risk. If the customer gets into an automotive accident that can be attributed to under or overinflated tires, the service bay can be held responsible for neglecting to properly service the vehicle’s standard safety equipment. It is in fact, illegal to disable a TPMS system, regardless of whether replacements are cost-prohibitive for the customer.

Title 49, U.S. Code 31022(b) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA): Prohibits a manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or motor vehicle repair business from knowingly making inoperative any part of a device or element of design installed on or in a motor vehicle in compliance with an applicable motor vehicle safety standard.

For more information, please go to: http://www.tpmsdirect.com/TPMS_Legalities_a/772.htm

TPMSDirect is your #1 source for the latest in OEM TPMS technology, industry news, and technical know-how. If your service bay is interested in incorporating TPMS service into its standard procedures, please email us at Customer.Service@TPMSDirect.com for more information.

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Some interesting facts…

Driving on underinflated tires can be very costly in the long run for both drivers and the environment. Here are some interesting facts brought to you by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • In the USA alone, it is estimated that 2 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to low tire pressure. 
  • Fuel consumption is increased when driving on underinflated tires. More fuel consumed = more emissions released into the atmosphere. The DOT estimates that  57.5 billion pounds of added carbon emissions are emitted into the atmosphere from driving on low tire pressure each year, in the United States alone. 
  • 43% of all tires in operation are driven on at least 10% below recommended values. That equals a tread wear rate increase of 16%. 
  • 7% of all commercial tires are running at least 20 psi below recommended pressures. Out of the 290 million tires disposed of each year, nearly 100 million tires are worn and dumped prematurely.

What can be done to improve fuel economy, lower tread wear rate, and reduce our carbon footprint? Check your tire pressure each least once a month and before going on long road trips. Make sure that your pressure levels are at recommended values and heed the TPMS warning symbol! If your light has turned on, limit your driving as much as possible until you can add air into your tires. 

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If you have any questions about TPMS, email us at customer.service@tpmsdirect.com or give us a call at (714) 482-3996. 

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How do I find the right TPMS for My Vehicle?

TPMS sensors come in two frequencies: 315MHz and 433MHz. Many original equipment tire pressure monitoring sensors are designed to only function with certain vehicle applications. Not all sensors are interchangeable, so exercise caution if you’re transferring TPMS sensors from one vehicle to another. 

Our website makes it easy to find the correct TPMS application for your vehicle. Simply select your vehicle make from the “Vehicle Make’ navigation menu located on the left side of the TPMSDirect page. After selecting your vehicle, you’ll then be directed to a page prompting you to select your vehicle model. After selecting your vehicle model, you’ll then be prompted to select your vehicle model year range. You will then be shown a list of tire pressure monitoring sensors that are compatible with your vehicle make/year/model. That’s it! 

With so many part numbers floating around, finding the right TPMS for your vehicle may seem like a real drag. Don’t worry, our focus is to make the process as easy as possible so that you can get back on the road in no time. 

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NHTSA TPMS Report Reinforces the Effectiveness of TPMS

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded it’s 58 page report: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of TPMS in Proper Tire Pressure Maintenance. 

The report documents the effectiveness of TPMS by touching base on various sub topics including: gallons of fuel saved, money saved, and a comparison of TPMS equipped vehicles and non-TPMS equipped vehicles that have one or more severely underinflated tires.

The findings in the report are quite staggering. It’s definitely worth taking a look at. To read the report, please go to: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811681.pdf

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Ready to Take on Rain Slicked Roads?

Rain season is here. Are you ready to navigate rain slicked pavement? The chances of getting into an accident greatly increase when driving on wet pavement. Various factors are affected by under or overinflated tires – steering, handling, traction, comfort, and overall vehicle control (all of which are vital when driving in rainy conditions).

Let’s make the road a safer place for all drivers by exercising proper tire and tire pressure maintenance. For more information on how to greatly reduce your chances of getting into a car accident during the rainy season, please go to: https://www.tpmsdirect.com/Proper_Tire_Pressure_Maintenance_a/734.htm

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2013 Volvo S80 and XC70 recalled for TPMS software error

Some 300 2013 Volvo S80 sedans and XC70 wagons are being recalled by Volvo due to TPMS software errors. What happens is that the tire pressure monitoring system would display “TPMS Service Required” on the vehicle dash even if the pressure in the tires are inflated to vehicle specifications. This error can pose a real problem to drivers since it prevents the TPMS system from accurately alerting the driver if one or more tires is actually underinflated. 

To learn more about this recent recall, please go to: http://www.tpmsdirect.com/Volvo_TPMS_Recall_a/732.htm

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Indirect TPMS Problems?

What is Indirect TPMS? What does it do?

An indirect tire pressure monitoring system works with the vehicles ABS (anti lock brake system) to evaluate the tire pressure in each tire. Unlike traditional tire pressure monitoring systems, an indirect tire pressure monitoring system uses wheel sensors to measure the rotational speed of each tire. An indirect system functions based on a single principle: Underinflated tires have a faster rotational speed due to its smaller diameter. Overinflated tires have a slower rotation speed due to its larger diameter. 

Under and overinflation are things you want to avoid. So what happens if your TPMS warning light goes off, but your tires are inflated to vehicle specifications? There are a number of factors that can influence the rotational speed of your tires. 

Click here to learn more about Indirect TPMS problems. 

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