Tire tiff is tiring


Why all the squabbling in Washington about what kind of tire-pressure monitors will be required in November 2002? It seems to be a tempest in a teapot.

Automakers like an indirect system that takes advantage of antilock-brake hardware already in place. The cost is about $13 a vehicle.

But much of the tire industry and many safety advocacy groups want a $79 setup that requires an electronic sensor in each tire and wheel to gauge air pressure. The auto people fear that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration favors that approach.

The idea is to increase safety. Get on with it.

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