The Evolution of TPMS Systems and the Role They Play in Our Safety

Air pressure plays a crucial part in the amount of gas a vehicle burns, the wear of the suspension, brakes and uneven tire pressure can increase the risk of flat tires and blow outs. Tire pressure Monitoring systems (TPMS) or sometimes referred to as Tire Pressure indication systems (TPIS) was initially offered for luxury vehicles in the 1980s by European Markets. French car-maker Peugeot was the first to make it a standard feature in 2000.

As a result of the major Firestone recall in the late 1990’s, the Clinton administration passed the first piece of legislation geared towards tire-related car safety. The Tire Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation TREAD act, made it mandatory for companies to report to the NHTSA when issuing a safety recall in another country, report accident and death related information, and face criminal charges for failing to do so. As the stages of enforcement for this bill have been met the final enactment requires all new vehicles to be equipped with the TPMS system in 2012 and after.

Now that TPMS is in regular use, many more people have become concerned with using it. While manufacturers have traditionally installed TPMS systems and passed monitoring off to dealers, the market has recently opened up. Not just car manufacturers, but tire companies, auto shops and owners of cars with TPMS systems themselves have had to deal with monitoring and repairing these systems. Since TPMS systems vary, just as any other technology they are constantly improving and updating it, more people need access to these systems. The increased requirement has created a commercial sales market for TPMS systems.

Tire Pressure Monitoring systems which are internal sensors are manufactured into the tire, external sensors can be mounted to the rim, or the tire valve but these are more vulnerable to theft. Either system can be battery operated or not and newer systems utilize electro-magnetic technology to consistently update. These TPMS systems utilize sensors to measure each tire’s pressure individually, all or any combination at the same time and report them to the computer. These systems can also track the tire’s temperatures to sense increased pressure, the limits for these sensors will either be auto-set or in external monitors can be set by the consumer.

TPMS automatically provides a driver with safety, savings on gas, maintenance, tire life and it actually decreases the emissions from a vehicle. These systems have been in use for a long time with industrial size trucks, but now they save the average consumer more money a year!

Recent commercial market designs are helpful when you need a replacement, and feature military grade batteries, the sensor supports reporting every 3 seconds. Be sure to look for strong aircraft grade aluminum stems to protect your device, not plastic grades which erode. A particularly appealing design features an adjustable stem, so it can be utilized on virtually any tire. The best part about these replacement tire pressure replacement sensors is that if the valve is damaged, only the valve need be replaced.

Source by Ben T Banks

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