Nissan is moving to make its Easy Fill Tire Alert system standard equipment on its 2013 model year vehicles. Taking the federally mandated tire pressure monitoring system to the next logical step, the Nissan system honks the car's horn when you've inflated your tires to the correct pressure. No more reading the tire pressure placard on the door jamb and hunting around in the glovebox for a pressure gauge.

While Nissan actually introduced this feature beginning with the 2011 Quest minivan, its proliferation throughout the lineup makes sense. After all, it's a good idea, and most motorists can't be bothered to care about tire pressure, despite its importance for both fuel economy and on-road safety. If Nissan's system can actually encourage a few of those disinterested drivers to maintain proper tire inflation pressures, it's a win for all.

Scroll down to watch a Nissan-produced video demonstrating the feature on the company's 2013 Altima and read the press release.

UPDATE: Nissan has contacted Autoblog to clarify that only the Altima and Quest will have Easy Fill for the new model year. The new technology will roll out to additional models in the future, but it will not be available in all 2013 Nissans as originally indicated in an earlier press release.


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Nissan Innovation Makes Tire Inflation Easy

Franklin, Tenn. - A new federal study shows underinflated tires triple drivers risk of an accident, so it's timely that NISSAN recently introduced the "Easy Fill Tire Alert" system on its 2013 Altima. It's a way to help motorists maintain optimum tire pressure and it comes standard in all 2013 Nissan models.

"I think a lot of people probably don't think about tire pressure. I didn't, and so this is a good system to have," said Nissan customer Evan Galin.

When the tire-pressure warning system alerts a driver to a low tire, a display shows the pressure and the relevant tire or tires. Then the driver should drop into a nearby gas station and grab the air hose. As the driver fills the tire, the car's four-way flashers come on to confirm that air is going in. When the tire is full, the horn chirps to let the driver know the process is complete.

"I don't feel like I know what I'm doing unless I have something telling me that it's right, so this is good," said Galin.

If the driver puts in too much air, the flashers blink faster and the horn beeps three times. The horn chirps again after enough air is let out to reach proper inflation.

"It's one of those simple slap your forehead moments, as to why someone has not thought of it before," said Vishnu Jayamohan with Nissan Product Planning and Advanced Strategy

Some people don't keep a tire gauge in their glove box, or, they or have trouble using them. And professionals say that from one tire gauge to another you can easily have a three or four pound difference in air pressure readings. "Easy-fill Tire Alert" eliminates both the guessing and the gauge.

"If you get a low pressure tire warning, you're not left wondering if you have a serious condition that requires you to stop immediately, or if its something that allows you to drive home or to the nearest filling station and then fill up," said Jayamohan.

The display will show the driver the pressure for each tire. A delay in correcting tire pressure can cost the driver fuel economy. If the driver's tire pressure is down by even just a little bit, the driver is likely losing some fuel efficiency.

If you're planning to take any summer vacations, fuel economy matters, and so does the safety of you and your family.


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          Karl T
          • 3 Years Ago
          And make sure you keep a bike horn on the night stand. You know, to tell her when to stop.....
        Jeremiah
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you admitting you're a chubby chaser?
        natron3030
        • 3 Years Ago
        I like your style Captain
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tires aren't the only thing inflated in that pic.......
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool Idea, make it easy and people will do it so less accidents.
      Wojo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not just go one more step beyond inflation sensors and install a Central Tire Inflation System, like military vehicles? Then soccer mom doesn't have to risk getting any hazardous brake dust on her yoga pants trying to inflate tires to proper pressure. Wait...I don't think I've ever actually seen that happen at a gas station before. Disregard.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wojo
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          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          Soccer mom or the tire inflation system?
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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is useful seeing that station air hoses have notoriously inaccurate pressure gauges. I always have my gauge in the back of the trunk. I just hope you can disable this for cars like the Z when you want to over inflate track days/autocross.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this idea. The easier it is to fill the tires, the more people will do it.
      kingrat001
      • 3 Years Ago
      When even service techs at the dealership can't seem to get the right pressure, something needs to make it totally idiot proof. I recently took a friend to pick up his F-150 after being serviced and having a headlight replaced. He gets in and he drives off, and then my phone rings and he says, "This thing is riding like it's got rocks for tires!". I met him at a gas station and I give him my tire gauge that reads to 60 pounds, and it's pegged! We start dumping air out to get them down to 35 or whatever and he goes back and tells the service writer who gave him a free oil change. I wonder how many times this has happened, and how many tires have failed because of it?
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd buy that for a dollar.....and by that I mean the blonde chick
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        @sonic_the_dreadnaught
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      Slartibartfast
      • 3 Years Ago
      1) Isn't somebody working on a self-pressurizing tire that fills as necessary when rolling? That's be a better solution for the problem of unaware drivers. 2) I'd love to see a temperature sensor built into the TPMS that warns drivers of imminent failures. 3) How long 'till you're autoblogging about new Nissan owners taking their car in for service because they didn't RTFM on this system?
        dave and mary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Slartibartfast
        Been wondering that for years. "We can put a man on the moon", but we can't have a constant pressure tire inflator working in the background?
        jtmetz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Slartibartfast
        http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/industry/how-it-works-self-inflating-tire
      Douglas Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no such thing as idiot proof. That is a fact. Someone will find a way to **** something simple up.
      thrutheeyesofbry
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good idea. Having worked in the field for a number of years, It is pretty scary how dumb people are. Not just the people that will run on low or flat tires but people who fill their tires once their tire light comes on too. I've seen some tires set upwards of 60psi to 100+ psi. No joke! I bet some people just fill the tire till the sidewall looks stiff.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spend a few bucks on a quality air gauge, check the label on the door or on the tire, and grab some quarters. I swear people are getting helpless. I think it's an "app for that" syndrome or something that's making people so inept and lazy. Part of owning a car should be knowing how to check tire pressure, oil, water levels, etc. That's what the owner's manual is for.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        Amen, prople really should know these basic Things, it would help so many peoples wallets and cars.
          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryan
          I agree. Only people who got a car repair diploma from ITT-tech should be allowed on roads. But why stop there. Why not require a degree in Critical Thinking before you can post a comment on Autoblog.
          S.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryan
          Yay hyperbole!
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        So you get the pressure right on the nose first try every time? Impressive! If you are so intuitively accurate, why even bother with a gauge? I would imagine the rest of us would rather avoid the gauge and only attach the fill hose once rather than test the pressure 2-4 times to get it correct.
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