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What is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?
A Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS, is an electronic system that monitors the air pressure inside a tire. The TPMS indicator light on the dashboard warns motorists that at least one of the tires on the vehicle needs attention because the air pressure is too low.

How do I know if my vehicle is equipped with TPMS?

Starting with the 2008 model year, all new passenger cars, SUV’s and light trucks under 10,000 pounds must have a tire pressure monitoring system so if your car is 2008 or later, it has TPMS.  Only certain models had TPMS prior to 2008, so 2007 model year vehicles and older may or many not have a TPMS. 

There are several ways to determine if you vehicle is equipped with TPMS. The simplest way is to check your owner’s manual and watch the dashboard indicator lights when the ignition is turned to the “on” position. There are two different low tire pressure warning lights. The standard icon is a yellow cross-section of a tire that looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation point in the middle. The yellow letters “TPMS” also indicate that vehicle is equipped with TPMS and the instrument panel may include images of the tires on a vehicle with the corresponding tire pressures for each tire.




Tire Service Life Recommendations

TIA requested technical bulletins for tire service life from tire companies and vehicle manufacturers and all bulletins that were received are posted below. Consumers with specific questions regarding tire service life should contact their tire or vehicle manufacturer directly.

Consumer Safety

February 10, 2015
Tire Safety Starts with Tire Registration outlines the different methods that motorists can use to register their tires. It also explains the date code within the tire identification number (TIN).
December 05, 2014
Tire Safety Starts with Tire Selection covers the basic guidelines that motorists should follow when selecting replacement tires. The video explains tire sizing and the importance of following the placard as well as the basic differences between all-season, summer, winter and all-terrain tires.
June 04, 2014
Tire Safety Starts with Inspection covers the regular inspection procedures that motorists should follow to check their tires for sufficient tread depth and irregular wear. The video also includes animation that explains pinch shock, which causes a bulge to appear on the sidewall of the tire after striking a pothole, curb or road hazard.
November 13, 2013
Tire Safety Starts with Winter Tires focuses on the safety advantages that winter tires provide when compared to standard all-season tires.  
October 24, 2013
Tire Safety Starts with TPMS gives a video overview of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that emphasizes the safety benefits associated with a system that warns the driver when one or more of their tires are underinflated.  
October 24, 2013
Tire Safety Starts with Proper Tire Repair places a camera inside the tire so drivers can see what happens to the tread each time the tire makes a revolution. After multiple revolutions, the tire runs over a nail and viewers get a slow-motion replay of what it looks like inside a tire when a nail pokes through the innerliner.