WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2004) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and a major Internet tire retailer have joined the Rubber Manufacturers Association in blasting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed rule on tire pressure monitoring systems.
The standard would allow tires to fall 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure before consumers receive a warning. TIA and The Tire Rack agreed with the RMA that this is inadequate to protect motorists' safety.
“If the new proposed threshold of 25 percent is adopted, the driver could be driving on an overloaded tire for a significant period of time," said Roy E. Littlefield III, TIA executive vice president. “By the time the light on the dash comes on, it's already too late,” added John Rastetter, lead tire tester at The Tire Rack.