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EPA regs vs. safety

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Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

EPA regs vs. safety

Did you ever think you would have to ask if your new car comes with a spare tire? I didn't, and I've been driving for 44 years. Not until my three-week-old Hyundai Elantra got a flat did I notice there is no spare tire or jack!

After taking my wheel and flat tire back to the dealer, I asked the sales manager why I wasn't told there is no spare or jack. His response: “It's not our policy to do so.” But they do give you a can of tire sealant! It didn't help, since the sidewall was damaged.

If the salesperson would have informed me of no spare, I would have purchased one. The sales manager said that to deliver the advertised fuel economy, they have to lighten the vehicle. A “doughnut” spare weighs 22 pounds.

Thank God for the EPA. To anyone planning to purchase a new vehicle, you may want to ask that question. Don't get stuck like I did.

Bill Bernard

Robinson

 

 
 


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