Originally Posted by Indiana Jones
The failure point is how the bumper was used. The bumper was not meant to be pulled on but to function as a cage to protect the occupants..... The force that was applied to it was directly opposite from which it was designed to handle. That is why the Trailhawk bumper is a totally different design and is equipped with the red hooks.... And even with that, the procedure is to use two points to pull rather than one.
I just have a hard time understanding poo-pooping the Renegade, bumper, and I bolt when they where used outside of their design
Totally agree regards the bumper. Of interest, the European Trailhawks dont have the red
hooks fixed to the body at the front, but do have a opening in the plastic bumper that allows the supplied towing hook (screws in with a ring at end) to be installed. It is installed into the front impact bumper that has the outer plastic bumper attached to the front of it. The rear red
tow hook is fitted to the body of the European Trailhawk, at the rear.
IMPORTANT Only use suitable tow bars and other equipment, following the Manufacturer’s instructions. Connect the tow bars or other tow equipment to the main structural components of the vehicle and not to the bumpers
or other related brackets.
Further it states on use of the tow hooks (these are the screw in rings):
The front and rear tow hooks should be used only for emergencies on the road. You are allowed to tow the vehicle for short distances using an appropriate device in accordance with the highway code (a rigid bar), to move the vehicle on the road in readiness for towing or transport via a breakdown vehicle. Tow hooks MUST NOT
be used to tow vehicles off the road or where there are obstacles and/or for towing operations using cables or other non-rigid devices. In compliance with the above conditions, towing must take place with the two vehicles (one towing, the other towed) aligned as much as possible along the same centre line.
Which leaves me to summarise that the European TrailHawks do not have the ability to be towed off road, from the front using the supplied tow hook.