Auto makers rethink spare tire issue

Detroit, Michigan — The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space—especially in hybrids and electric vehicles.

The problem is many drivers don’t know their spare isn’t there—until they need it, according to a tow truck driver with whom I spoke. He said he is often sent to tow vehicles with flats—and drivers often tell him they were never told that their new vehicles didn’t come with spare…

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