A few hundred dollars for something you can check manually with a one dollar gauge? Don't get your logic. There was a similar diatribe I read recently about the lack of a low washer fluid warning. Big safety issue and poster had not had a car that didn't have it. Well, I've never had a car that had it, and the Niro is my first car with TPMS. I like it, but would I have paid a few hundred dollars more for it as an option? No.
If TPMS was a selling feature, I'd think Kia would have included it in Canada. No reason to wait until mandated by law. It was mandated in the US following the Firestone scandal in the US where tread separation caused a lot of deaths in the rollover prone Ford Explorer in the late 1990s. Mandated TPMS had quite a delay, not taking effect until the 2007 model year. Of course, TPMS would not have prevented these deaths, typical regulatory overkill. Canadians did not overreact then and still haven't. What does that tell you? Rational regulation or lobbyist influence?
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