Nearly four in 10 new cars are sold without a most basic feature – the spare tire.
A study by the American Automobile Assn., or AAA, found that 36% of 2015 models come with run-flat tires or tire inflation kits instead of a spare tire. That’s up from just 5% in 2006.
“Flat tires are not a disappearing problem, but spare tires are,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “AAA responds to more than 4 million calls for flat tire assistance annually and, despite advances in vehicle technology, we have not seen a decline in tire-related calls over the last five years.”