AKRON—Goodyear Gemini Automotive Care stores in the Detroit area have begun to sell and install a new air-pressure monitoring system at a discount price under an agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) of Milwaukee.
The Akron-based tire maker agreed to offer JCI's new PSI Mirror (a rear-view mirror mounted) tire pressure monitoring system at 19 company-owned stores in the Motor City. The three-month pilot program began Jan. 29.
PSI Mirror's list price is $299, but Goodyear dealers will offer a $50 discount to customers who purchase a set of Goodyear tires at the same time.
"It's a chance for them (JCI) to gauge the market," a Goodyear spokesman said, "and see what consumers will pay."
JCI introduced PSI Mirror in November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. Specially equipped tire valves transmit air pressure data to a receiver mounted in a rear-view mirror that displays the air pressure of each tire within plus or minus 1 pound per square inch (psi) accuracy.
The system gives low pressure warning alerts on the display panel on the mirror. PSI also gives an audible warning if a tire's pressure drops below 25 psi and another warning at below 15 psi.
The PSI Mirror is compatible with most vehicles, and the system can be installed in about 30 minutes. The receiver and display unit also can be put in the overhead display console or instrument panel display of many vehicles.
The PSI system will be original equipment on some 2002 vehicle models, a JCI spokeswoman said, but she would not reveal which specific brands or models.
The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, which became federal law late last year, eventually will require all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be equipped with a low air pressure warning system.