Ford has two systems to detect tyre problems – the Ford Focus and the
Ford Kuga can both be ordered with a tyre Deflation Detection System
(DDS). The Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are available with Tyre Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS).
The DDS uses the anti-lock brake/electronic stability programme system
to issue a warning if it detects a tyre deflation and issues a dashboard warning, and message to ask the driver to check the pressures.
The TPMS uses sensors in each wheel to measure the pressure in all four
tyres, and compares the readings against the recommended settings.
Again, a dashboard warning and chime alerts the driver to the problem.
Michael Kremer, Ford wheel and tyre engineer, explains: "Tyres play a
critical role in the car’s performance, providing that vital link
between the vehicle and the road.
"These automated systems are not a substitute for regular tyre pressure
checks but they do provide an important additional safety measure in
cases where a tyre becomes damaged or punctured and the driver isn’t
aware of the problem. Keeping your tyres correctly inflated can also
reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, so these systems can help
provide cost and environmental benefits too."
Kwik-Fit recommend that motorists should check their tyre pressures