WASHINGTON (June 7, 2005) — Four tire companies, a consumer advocacy group and an industry trade association are suing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to overturn the new final rule on tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
Goodyear, Bridgestone/Firestone, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Pirelli Tire North America Inc. have joined Public Citizen and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) in fighting NHTSA's rule.
The TPMS standard as written is inadequate to protect the safety of motorists, the plaintiffs have told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The rule calls for a warning light to illuminate whenever one or more tires on a vehicle fall 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended air pressure for at least 20 minutes, and contains no provision to mandate that replacement tires are compatible with the vehicle's monitoring system.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association is not a party to the suit because there is no consensus among the RMA's tire maker members regarding the issue, an association spokesman said.