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Front End Collision Question on Trailhawk

I have a 2015 Trailhawk and have a question. I was recently in a minor front end collision. I lost one piece of plastic along the bottom, scuffed up the bumper and both tow hooks appeared to shear off. They just floated on a rail and could not be removed without removing the bumper.

Insurance covered the repairs and were done in less than a day. Got all new OEM parts in the front.

Question: Are the tow hooks designed to break off in a collision? Repair says no damage to frame and wondering if this could be true. Would make sense if tow hooks were designed to break off to allow bumper to absorb shock. Just don't know for sure.

This is my first jeep and have heard you guys are the best to ask questions.

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Re: Front End Collision Question on Trailhawk

I'm sorry to hear of the collision damage to your new Jeep. I can't answer your question but I do have one for you. Did not the collision avoidance system on the Jeep come into play? At all? We see these TV adverts extolling the virtues of this system. I realize the laws of physics will prevail but I would hope that minor collisions such as yours should be prevented by the system.


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Re: Front End Collision Question on Trailhawk

For Douglas I think it would depend on whether he had the full Tech Group option on his Trail Hawk. Most do not come with that option because most do not want to pay the 2 grand plus for it. Also if you turn it off and forget to turn it back on, it could present a problem. Especially if you were off road and wanted to avoid the warning/brake application I am sure you would get. I turn mine off when backing down a boat ramp or even when backing out of my garage. That is in order to avoid a system brake application. It has happened. I have also forgotten to turn it back on a few times.




As far as the tow hooks go I would guess, as you did, that since they are designed to pull only, any strong push back would release them to prevent damage to the vehicle bumper in a minor front end as you had.
If they did not release I am sure you might have had more serious damage as the force of the impact would have concentrated in a small area, the tow hooks instead of the wide area of the bumper.
Probably a good safety thing for Jeep, especially because the hooks protrude from the vehicle itself.
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