WASHINGTON (Aug. 20)—Two-thirds of U.S. drivers think having tire pressure monitoring systems in their cars means they won't have to check their tires as often, according to a poll commissioned by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. More than half the 700 drivers polled also thought that a dashboard warning light about underinflated tires won't signify immediate danger. The RMA used the poll results to demonstrate the need for a minimum reserve pressure standard for tires to combat underinflations of 25 to 30 percent permitted by tire monitoring systems. The association also noted a National Transportation Safety Board document that urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to adopt more stringent detection thresholds for tire monitoring devices.
RMA poll shows most drivers misunderstand tire pressure monitoring systems
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