Fleets Weigh Pros, Cons of TPMS

Tires pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems, manda­to­ry on all vehi­cles under 10,000 pounds but an extra-charge option for heav­ier trucks, are see­ing mixed suc­cess attract­ing light and medi­um com­mer­cial buy­ers despite promis­es of longer tread life and reduced tire main­te­nance. Some fleets say they are unable to jus­ti­fy the addi­tion­al cost of installing TPMS on heav­ier vehi­cles while oth­ers say the sys­tems have improved tire per­for­mance. NHTSA believes that low tire pres­sure caus­es 250,000 acci­dents per year, killing 660 dri­vers and injur­ing 33,000.

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