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Campaign Aims to Promote Tire Safety

Ensuring proper inflation key to being safe.

by on May.14, 2014

They may not be sexy, but tires are a critical part of your vehicle's safety system.

Every new car must now be equipped with a basic sensing system able to detect when its tires are underinflated, but German supplier Continental wants to take things a step further with a new technology it claims can tell when a tire’s tread has worn out and needs to be changed.

While that might seem something motorists should be able to detect on their own, the simple reality is that drivers have a tendency to ignore those big, black doughnuts until something serious happens, whether a flat or a blow-out.  But that can prove a dangerous mistake, tire problems routinely responsible for serious crashes and fatalities.

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, tires are linked to about 11,000 crashes each year, accounting for around 200 fatalities. That’s led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch a new campaign to increase motorists’ awareness.

“This campaign will help consumers make more informed choices every step of the way when it comes to choosing and caring for their tires — keeping them safer and saving them money at the same time,” explained Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.


All New Nissans to Get Easy-Fill Tire Alert System

Skip the gauge.

by on Jun.07, 2012

A customer reinflates a tire on the 2013 Nissan Altima using the Easy-Fill system.

Nissan will offer its new Easy-Fill Tire Alert system on all new and updated models as they come to market starting next year.

The system — which will debut on the 2013 Nissan Altima when it goes on sale in the coming weeks – is designed to not only alert a motorist when a tire is underinflated but also to make it easier to fill it back up.

Federal rules already require the use of a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, on all vehicles.  But most makers have opted for a low-cost version that flashes a warning when one of the vehicle’s tires is low.  It’s then up to the motorist to figure out which one and then re-inflate it.

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More advanced TPMS technology – typically offered on higher-end vehicles – will show a driver which individual tire is underinflated.  But that still requires a motorist to use a special tire gauge to ensure proper inflation, a sometimes frustrating trial-and-error process.

With the launch of the 2013 Altima, Nissan introduces a simpler system that not only tracks the precise inflation at each of a vehicle’s individual wheels but also permits a driver to fill a low or flat tire without a gauge.


Nissan Altima Takes Guesswork out of Tire Inflation

System requires no gauges, no guessing.

by on May.15, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Altima.

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.”

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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.


Those Underinflated Tires Could Kill You

Study links low tire pressure to sharp increase in crashes.

by on May.15, 2012

Today’s tires are engineering marvels, improving both performance and fuel economy, even if they tend to largely be ignored by motorists. But that’s a problem that also turn a tire into a killer.

A new government study warns that as many as one in 20 crashes could be linked to tire-related problems, with underinflated tires posing an especially high risk of causing a problem.

“Tire problems are inherently hazardous to vehicle safety,” said the report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which based its study on crash data covering a three-year period from 2005 to 2007.

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The report found that underinflation was the biggest problem, with a tire 25% below its rated pressure three times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Part of the problem is that a low tire reduces the vehicle’s stability even under ideal conditions, but it also makes it significantly more difficult for a driver to maintain control in bad weather or during emergency maneuvers, such as swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road.


Improve Your Car’s Comfort, Performance, Safety and Mileage in One Simple Step.

Your tires deserve more respect.

by on Jun.07, 2010

Whether you're a Formula One racer or a Soccer Mom, you need to take care of your tires.

It’s not very often you can improve the comfort, performance, safety and fuel economy of your automobile in one simple step.  Yet all it takes is making sure your tires are properly inflated.

Tires are the most under-rated part of your car, truck or crossover, and studies show they’re also, typically, underinflated.  Yet a tire that’s low on pressure is likely to impact almost every impact of the way your car behaves – which is why motorists might use National Tire Month as reason to make sure those black donuts are both properly inflated and in good shape.

A tire that’s low on pressure not likely to deliver the comfort designed into your car.  But it is likely to wear out faster – and even increase the risk of a blow-out.  It can be slower to accelerate and take longer to stop.

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Then there’s fuel economy. On average, a tire consumes about 20% of the energy used to move your vehicle forward.  Improperly inflated, they can reduce your fuel economy by 10% or more.  The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel are wasted every day due to under-inflated tires.  For the average motorist that can translate into an extra $150 or more in extra fuel costs each year.