TPMS Legislation

TPMS LegislationTPMS Legislation - In 2000 6.5 million tires were recalled due to tread separation on automobiles in the US. This prompted President Clinton to sign the first version of the TREAD Act which required Tire Pressure Warning Systems to be implemented on Model Year 2004 automobiles. These were to include all passenger vehicles and light trucks with GWVR of 10,000 lbs and less.

A debate continued over the language of the ruling up to 2005 when the final rule was established on April 8 2005. NHTSA have stipulated that for 2008 all newly manufactured or imported US cars will be fitted with TPMS systems most of which use 'direct' sensors which are either part of the valve stem or banded to the wheel. These sensors transmit their own ID along with their pressure, temperature and other data to the vehicle ECU and the legislation defines the designated dash mounted warnings for the driver when a tire is under inflated/leaking etc.

The phase in schedule for new vehicles was:

  • 20% compliance for Model Year 2006
  • 70% compliance for Model Year 2007 (09/01/2006)
  • 100% compliance for Model Year 2008 (09/01/2007)

So all vehicles described in the ruling, made or sold in the US must have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems by Model Year 2008. This ruling prompted significant plant system and aftermarket work for Bartec USA. The ruling meant that every time you need to rotate tires, replace a faulty sensor, change to Winter tires or Custom wheels then the ECU needs to be reprogrammed with the new ID and their position on the vehicle. This resulted in a surge in demand for the company's dealer tool products.

In the rest of the world Bartec implemented systems for car companies who were building cars for the US market and some home markets. TPMS legislation around the world is under discussion and the Bartec Group is well placed to remain the world leader for the supply of this technology.

  • Click here for a PDF version of the NHTSA Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor (TPMS) ruling
  • Click here for a Media file Introduction to TPMS - What is TPMS?

Tire Pressure Monitoring LegislationBartec are world leaders in TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems). We have installed TPMS read and test systems in over seventy plants for the world's car manufacturers since 1998. This plant work is the reason our TPMS dealer tools are always more up to date than our competitors and our technology is always ahead of the market.

Because Bartec sets the ECU up and subsequently tests them in the plant, we have the most up to date technology in the aftermarket. The TPMS tools can be easily reprogrammed and updated through this website and you can get TPMS tools which work with model year 2008 TPMS sensors now!

Please browse our website for more information about Bartec USA LLC and our range of TPMS Tools and our professional Tire Pressure Monitoring System support, then call toll free 855-877-9732 and speak to one of our team or e-mail us at