Car companies getting rid of spare tires in some new cars

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Posted on October 20, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 20 at 8:26 AM

(KMOV) -- A growing number of car companies are changing the standard of providing spare tires in new models of their vehicles.

Hyundai, Chevy and Cadillac are among the growing list of companies doing away with spare tires.

Car-focused website, www.edmunds.com reports that 14% of 2011 car models don't come equipped with spare tires.

Many companies have decided to get rid of the tires to cut costs and to fulfill some driver's desires for lighter, more fuel efficient cars.

Instead of providing the spares, car companies are now opting for replacing the tires with tire sealant fix-it kits.

The kits only work for small holes in a tire's tread, but car makers say their roadside assistance plans should cover major problems.

Many car makers also believe spare tires aren't necessary because the quality of the roads, vehicles and tires have improved over the years; as a result, makers say flats don't happen as often as they used to.

The new 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruise and Cadillac CTS Coupe are a few of the models that do not come equipped with spare tires.

Insiders in the car industry suspect other companies will also follow suit with this growing trend.

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