Due to faulty tires created by Firestone, Congress passed the Tread Act. The act mandated the use of suitable tire pressure monitoring systems in most passenger vehicles. The cost of these specialized valve stems is $60 each. TPMS valves are not mandatory but, if fitted, they must comply with regulation. All cars must have these if manufactured after September 2007.
No skin off of the politician’s nose, or Firestone’s. The cost to the consumer figures out to $240 for a set of four tires. It doesn’t cost Firestone a dime (and it should, they caused the law), but the victim is the consumer. If one goes out and a valve or valves have to be replaced it will cost the consumer another $60 per valve. Very irritating to say the least. Someone is making a ton of money off of this product and costing the consumer a lot of money.
Thanks a bunch, Congress, for the concern over my safety. Perhaps Congress should look into the pricing of these valves and perhaps, since members will do nothing about the law, let people deduct the cost of the valves directly from the tax due to the government.