The NHTSA has called for the industry to develop systems to monitor and enunciate low tire pressure in order to alert the driver. The first suggested alternative is the incorporation of a system that would require that the driver be warned when the tire pressure in one or more tires, up to a total of 4 tires, has fallen to 20 percent or more below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended cold inflation pressure for the vehicle's tires, or a minimum level of pressure to be specified in the new standard, whichever pressure is higher. The document, 49 CFR Part 47, states, “ incorporation of the first (monitoring) alternative would prevent 10,635 injuries and 79 deaths at an average cost of $66.33 per vehicle. (1). (The range of injuries prevented would be 0 to 21,270, and the range of deaths prevented would be 0 to 158.)
The Test Program will consist of thermal exposures, mechanical tests and spin tests to 200 miles per hour. NTS Detroit’s expertise in testing, analysis, and engineering for the automotive and transportation related industries has been utilized by the Big Three car manufacturers i.e., Ford, GM, and DaimlerChrysler as well as Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and numerous tier-1 automotive suppliers and manufacturers. Programs range from DVP&R (Design Verification Plan and Reporting) to PV (Process Validation) testing. NTS has the experience to take products from R&D to PPAP (Production Part Approval Process). The NTS Detroit Facility automotive products evaluated include brake systems, engines and drive trains, car interiors and electronic systems. Test capabilities include dynamometer, EMI/EMC, fuels and fluids, climatics, HALT/HASS, vibration, shock and acoustics. The laboratory is accredited to ISO 17025 through the American Accreditation of Laboratories Association (A2LA) assuring worldwide acceptance of NTS automotive test reports.
“The industry is working to quickly introduce a cost effective solution”, notes NTSC President and Chief Operating Officer William C. McGinnis. “Our
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