Friday, February 17, 2012

Where's the spare? Car makers omitting spare tires to meet new mpg standards.

To meet the government's new fuel economy standards*, some manufacturers are reducing their vehicles' weight by no longer providing spare tires as a standard feature.  Instead, the cars are equipped with emergency tire sealant and inflators or run flat tires.  The emergency kits save the vehicle approximately 40 pounds. 

To see the complete list of vehicles being sold without a spare tire and their emergency kits, click here.

*The new Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency standards are set at a combined 29.7 mpg for 2012 vehicles, and increase to 34.1 mpg by 2016.

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