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Consumers call for tyre pressure sensors
Date Listed: 16/10/2009
The majority of UK motorists expect tyre pressure monitors, which are to become mandatory in the UK in new cars from 2012, to provide under-inflation alerts.
According to independent consumer research carried out by fast.MAP, some 69% of drivers also believed that recalibration of tyre pressure monitors should not be allowed for health and safety reasons.
Meanwhile, 97% said that the systems should inform drivers if tyres do not have enough air in them within 20 minutes of pressure dropping below the recommended level.
fast.MAP also noted that the majority of indirect systems can take up to an hour to alert drivers and the firm pointed out that some pressure monitors do not operate under some harsh environmental conditions, such as when roads are wet or there is snow on the ground.
The company's research also showed that 88% would check their tyres more regularly if the soon to be mandatory system was capable of detecting small amounts of air loss in tyres.