According to Consumer Reports and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), adequate tire pressure is essential for safe driving. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that nearly 25,000 accidents a year are caused by flat tires and tire blowouts. Unfortunately, many drivers disregard tire pressure, especially during winter months when it is actually more important—due to laziness, forgetfulness, and the unwillingness to stand out in the cold to check the tire pressure.
Knowing that tire pressure is an important safety factor, certain car manufacturers have installed tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) within their vehicles. These systems monitor air pressure inside the tires and report that information to the driver either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light. Once the air pressure becomes too low, the TPMS will signal the driver in order to have the pressure adjusted as soon as possible, thus avoiding a blowout or potential accident causing flat tire.
Defective Monitoring System Dangers
Unfortunately, when these systems break, become faulty, or are otherwise defective, they can cause serious problems with tire stability and passenger safety. A recent example is the TPMS in the Jaguar Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and certain 2013 – 2014 Land Rover 4 vehicles. The NHTSA has recently investigated several complaints dealing with the safety of these vehicles’ pressure systems, and have found several flaws. As a result of the NHTSA involvement, as well as several accidents, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. has decided to recall the offensive vehicles in order to replace the faulty pressure systems.
If you or a loved one currently drive a model year 2014 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, or a Land Rover 4 vehicle manufactured between September 16, 2013, and June 30, 2014, your TPMS could have the following problems:
- Fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven.
- Warning light can go off, despite the tire pressures being within specifications.
- Could fail to distinguish between adequate pressure and inadequate pressure.
- Fail to notice subsequent pressure changes or losses after misdiagnosing another tires adequate pressure.
Relieving Your Pressure and Avoiding a Financial Blowout
If you have yet to receive a recall notification for you your Land Rover, contact your dealership immediately to verify the need to have your TPMS checked—don’t put it off any longer. Your family’s safety is worth more than “dealing with it when you have a free second.”
If you’ve already been in an accident as a result of a faulty pressure gauge, you could be entitled to compensation. Even though Jaguar has initiated a product recall, they’re still responsible for their faulty product. If it put you or your family at risk, or resulted in an accident, you deserve justice. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case.