Beware of Trunk Spikes - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Beware of Trunk Spikes

February 25, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Since I was couch-ridden with back spasms, it was up to my friend Chris to load up the Dart come check-out time at our Lake Arrowhead cabin this past weekend. After the second load, he came back inside holding his cut and bleeding hand. Was he the victim of a bear? An enraged raccoon? Nope, Dodge Dart attack.

While playing that age-old game of Trunk Tetris, Chris made the unfortunate discovery of these sharp metal spikes that hang down from the left side of the parcel shelf. I don't know why they're there, but they are definitely a safety hazard. Not only can you be easily injured, but as Chris pointed out, it's not exactly ideal for whatever you've stuffed in the trunk, either.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3,173 miles


Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Ouchee. Also, not only is there a lot of painted metal in there, but a lot of the painted metal...isn't really painted that well. Those two spot-welds on the left are already starting to rust - ? I know cars in this class are built to a price point, but the Dart seems a little more ruthless than most.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    They should have skimped a little on the under-body aerodynamics and covered the spikes that could impale you. It's hard to tell in the picture, but those look genuinely dangerous.

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Duct tape those things!

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Where is the safety recall?

  • oldparnell oldparnell Posts:

    What are the spikes holding - speakers or something. I'm not sure if greenpony's comment was in jest or serious, but I've seen recalls for far less dangerous items. Not a good, safe trunk for Takahashi either.

  • xianshep xianshep Posts:

    Hammer those things flush! (My God, HOW could they consider that acceptable?)

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Man, I don't remember anything that dangerous looking on cars as far back as the 70s when I was a kid and parents letting kids play in car trunks was considered normal and not something your neighbors would call 911 to report. Dodge should hammer those tabs flat, put a rubber fitting around them, something!

  • preed4962 preed4962 Posts:

    I had to come back to find this post. My Dart GT built on 8/3/13 still has these tabs, but they are no longer pointed, but squared off at the ends. Still not ideal, but better than being pointed at the end.

  • My Dart GT also has the updated, squared off clips. No longer a Dart-attack waiting to happen in the truck.

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