The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a new safety standard requiring all passenger cars to have tire pressure monitoring systems starting with the 2006 model year.
The regulation, which is going to be phased in starting Sept. 1, will require manufacturers to install a monitoring system that can detect when one or more of the vehicle’s tires are 25 percent or more below the recommended inflation pressure.
The phase-in will occur gradually during the next three years. All new four-wheeled vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds will be equipped with the monitors by the 2008 model year.
The regulation comes as a result of a monitoring system requirement created by Congress when it enacted the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) act in 2000.
For more information, the new regulation can be found at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/rulings/tpmsfinalrule.6/tpmsfinalrul.6.html.