Autel Intelligent Technology Corp. Ltd. announced that its MaxiTPMS ITS600 tablet offers Department of Transportation (DOT) tire registration via an integrated CIMS E-Tire registration feature. The 2014 Fast Act that aims to get recalled tires off the road requires tire resellers to register new tires on the customer's behalf or provide customers with a postcard containing the tire identification number (TIN) to mail to the tire manufacturer.
The fines to the tire dealer for failing to provide this safety service increased substantially this year, up to a reported $22,329 for a single violation.
Autel partnered with CIMS to enable ITS600 users to complete the TIN registration for its customers directly from the tablet. A CIMS subscription is required. The tire registration enables the tire manufacturer to contact the customers if a tire is recalled.
Autel describes the procedure: The technician taps the Tire DOT app, selects Tire Register, chooses the tire manufacturer from the dropdown list, inputs the tire identification number (TIN) for each tire, enters the customer contact information, and taps submit.
The ITS600 DOT app also enables technicians to perform additional tire safety inspections on installed vehicle tires, including determining tire age and recall status, according to Autel. The tablet uses optical recognition with its camera to identify the tire age—tires that are six years and older should be replaced regardless of appearance—and to check the TIN against the tire recall database.
The ITS600 is an Android-based wireless touchscreen tablet that performs TPMS service from activation and diagnostics to 1-Sensor programming and sensor ID Relearn, the company says.