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Nissan has just announced that it is recalling 2,983 2012 Murano and Rogue models that were manufactured from November 23, 2011 through to January 11, 2012.
During the assembly of these 2012 Murano and Rogue vehicles, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) was not activated. As a result, the system is unable to warn the driver of an underinflated tire. This could lead to a tire overloading and overheating, resulting in a blowout and possible car accident.
The 2012 Murano and Rouge models that are affected by this recall are still in dealer inventory and dealers will be activating all of the tire pressure monitoring systems.
If you have any questions, please contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or visit http://www.safercar.gov/.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, requires all tire pressure monitoring systems to illuminate a warning signal when the tires are below 25 percent of the vehicle’s recommended psi. However, the sensors fitted into the 2012 Equinox and Terrain may not illuminate until it is even lower than that.
Improperly inflated tires will result to various unsafe situations including an overloaded and overheating tire that may blowout at speed, increasing the possibilities of a crash. Inconveniences such as irregular and premature wear, poor handling, as well as poor fuel economy can be a result of underinflated tires as well.
GALLERY: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain
Pop quiz: What does the symbol above – found on the dashboard of cars and trucks made after 2008 – stand for?
A) Warning: big hips ahead
B) Yikes! Have you put on weight?
C) Oh no! Your big mug is empty
D) Danger! A viking helmet is heading right for you!
Actually, it’s none of the above – it’s a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS for short (in layman’s terms, it’s the light on your dashboard that looks like a fat U with tire treads on the bottom).
And what does it tell you? The TPMS icon lights up when tire pressure in one or more of your vehicle’s tires is 25 percent below the manufacturer’s recommended amount. And all vehicles made after 2008 are required to have them. This stems from the Ford Explorer mess from about a decade ago when rollover accidents were blamed on underinflated Firestone tires. Because of this debacle, it was found that many drivers never check their tire pressure, which in turn puts their lives and their gas mileage at risk. The idea of a warning light seemed like a no-brainer.
If you failed our little quiz, we bet you feel a little silly now. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Schrader, a company that makes tire pressure monitoring system, conducted a survey at the start of 2010 that found that 46 percent of drivers didn’t realize that the little tire-tread icon was supposed to look like tire treads. And even if they did recognize the icon or not, a third of those polled didn’t know what the tire pressure monitoring system is.
Further results showed that 14 percent thought the light was warning them that something else was wrong with their vehicle, but not tire pressure.