Nissan’s announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. With a new federal study showing underinflated tires triple your risk of an accident the Japanese maker plans to introduce a new “Easy Fill Tire Alert” system on its 2013 Altima sedan that takes the guesswork out of keeping tires properly inflated.
The new technology starts with a more advanced version of the tire-pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, required by federal law since 2000. But it adds even more technology that can help a motorist properly inflate their tires without even using a tire gauge.
Nissan is putting heavy emphasis on the introduction of the completely redesigned 2013 Altima, according to marketing manager Scott Shirley, who calls it “the biggest launch we’ve ever had.”
The new sedan features decidedly more distinctive styling than the old Altima, and offers markedly improved fuel economy – the highway rating for the 2.5-liter I-4 version climbing to 38 mpg, which Nissan officials anticipate will be best-in-segment. They’re also adding a number of new safety features. The headlights, for example, will automatically come on when the windshield wipers make four passes, complying with new standards in about half the States.