Faulty tyre warning systems causing MOT failures

If a tyre pressure monitoring system - or TPMS - is fitted to a car, it needs to be working for the

If a tyre pressure monitoring system - or TPMS - is fitted to a car, it needs to be working for the car to pass its MOT - Credit: supplied

Faulty tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are causing thousands of MOT failures, says new research.

TPMS, which monitors the air pressure inside the tyre to ensure safe driving, have been fitted to cars for some years now in increasing numbers, but they do not always warn the driver if they fail.

But the systems, if fitted, need to be working for the car to pass an MOT, and tyre safety charity TyreSafe says nearly 20,000 tests have been failed so far – and is holding drivers responsible.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: 'Ensuring tyre pressures are correct is a cornerstone of road safety. TPMS is a potentially life-saving technology which helps the driver monitor those pressures when they need it most – out on the road.

'As with all safety systems, drivers need to check their TPMS is fully-functioning regularly, not only to pass the MOT but to help reduce the risks of a tyre-related incident whenever they drive.'

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TyreSafe said in a statement: 'TyreSafe is urging all drivers to regularly check their TPMS is fully functional to reduce risks of tyre-related incidents on the roads. Regular checks and servicing will help ensure your TPMS system continues is operating properly.

'If the TPMS sensor does need replacing, it should never be replaced with a 'standard' valve – you're not only increasing your risks on the road but your vehicle is also likely to fail its MOT.'

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