DETROIT (Jan. 10, 2001)—Ford Motor Co. announced Dec. 9 it will begin offering a tire pressure monitoring system on the 2002 Ford Explorer later this year and will introduce that technology into other lines of light trucks and sport-utility vehicles by 2005.
The tire monitoring system will have a sensor/transmitter unit mounted in each wheel and a receiving module in the vehicle that will alert the driver with a warning message or light and audible tone when a tire´s air pressure becomes too low. The receiving module also will alert the driver if a tire is over-inflated.
"We are making the upcoming generation of Ford SUVs even safer," said Gurminder Bedi, vice president of Ford Truck, in a prepared statement.
The tire pressure monitoring system is one part of a "comprehensive suite of safety technologies" for SUVs and light trucks the auto maker introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The other safety technologies are: an improved anti-lock braking system; a personal safety system including dual-stage front air bags and seat-belt sensors; a side-impact curtain air bag system and electronic rollover sensor technology; an advanced electronic dynamics system to improve vehicle stability and lower bumper beams for better "crash compatibility" with passenger cars.
Ford also said the same package of safety features will be offered on future Lincoln and Mercury SUVs beginning with the 2002 model year.