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Saturday, October 13, 2012 

This is why I prefer station wagons

FOX News reports that some Lexus trunks have been discovered to have a bad defect in the inside handles:
It was an accidental discovery that could end up saving lives.

While evaluating the 2013 Lexus ES 350, Consumer Reports director of testing, Jake Fisher, let his 4-year-old son get in the trunk to see if he could use the emergency release. Since 2002 all new cars in the United States have been required to have a glow in the dark release handle in case someone gets trapped inside.

But when the boy pulled the plastic handle it snapped and came off in his hand. His father, monitoring the impromptu test, quickly let his son out of the trunk.

Back at the test track, Consumer Reports’ staff then took a look at a hybrid version of the ES they currently have in the fleet, as well as a Lexus GS 350, and found that while the handles worked fine if they pulled them toward the passenger side of the car, pulling them toward the driver’s side would cause them to break off.
Maybe this is why American should consider buying more station wagons (and hatchbacks) again: because unlike the trunk of a 3-box sedan, you can't get stuck inside a 2-box vehicle so easily.

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