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.
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.