Transporting Hazardous Cargo - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Transporting Hazardous Cargo

May 30, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

Undoubtedly, this is not the safest way to transport canisters full of propane, but at least when this photo was shot, they were empty. With Memorial Day approaching, I was determined to beat the rush to get these crucial outdoor grilling necessities refilled ahead of the crowd or before supplies ran out.

Such is the life of a coupe owner lacking proper tie-down anchors in the trunk of his Scion FR-S.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 16,650 miles


  • akula1 akula1 Posts:

    What happened that you had to pull up the left side of the trunk liner to leave that atrocious fit/finish?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    A bag of charcoal would be safer and make the food taste better. Just saying...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    As a trained propane service tech I can tell you even if you can't get anymore propane out of a tank to light your grill there are still enough vapors to dangerously pressurize your tanks. So in the end NEVER transport a propane tank on its side even if it is "empty".

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    These can stay upright in the backseat floors, right? Cavemen have been doing this for millenia...

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I don't know anything about propane. Why is laying it on its side a problem?

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    As I scrolled down the page I initially caught only a glimpse of the picture and my immediate thought was, "Tanks in the trunk? HOT DANG they're starting real mods on that FR-S!!" But then I saw it was just propane for tanks for the barbecue grill. Bummer.

  • Isn't it true that empty containers of flammable materials are more dangerous than full containers?

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    @stovt001 The reason why you never lay propane tanks down is because the pressure relief valve is on top and it is designed to only work when upright. Thus when a tank is on it side instead of releasing the minute amount of propane vapor pressure it build

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