Originally Posted by ricochet
Unfortunately, there's too many retarded drivers on the road who don't check there tire pressures, hence the government has mandated TPMS. Since 2009 IIRC. The firestone blowout debacle comes to mind, also general fuel economy.
The sensors/bands are around the wheel underneath the tire, so you won't see them if younhave a tire on the wheel. When you first tunr on your ignition, during the lamp-check, if you see a lamp/symbol that looks like a tire cross-section with an exclamation mark, then you most likely have a TPMS.
2007 there or about. Hondas started coming with them then but you are correct, the Firestone/Ford tire debacle played a big part in that legislation.
Originally Posted by Bwad
TPMS isn't a "fancy gimmick we don't need".
TPMS alerted my dad when his tire went flat so he got his truck pulled to the side of the freeway before it was completely flat, which it did so in about 2 miles according to my dad.
It has it's uses but in general, I dislike the system. Just one more thing to go wrong. Usually just walking around the vehicle and checking the tire pressure on occasion would take care of the same thing.