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Publication Date: 2014-May-30
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Tow Recovery Screw Eye Holder

Currently vehicles are towed or recovered using a screw in eye that attaches through an opening in the front or rear fascia into the body structure/frame or bumper. The screw eye can become deformed under the stress of a vehicle tow or recovery if it exceeds the requirement of the vehicle being unloaded on a flat and level grade. Improper use of the screw eye can deform it and the vehicle owner or tow recovery operator will not be aware which creates a safety issue.


     Tow recovery screw eyes are usually placed in a loose fitting screw eye shape in a foam block snapped into the block at the threaded end near the jack and tools in a vehicle.

New Approach

     Tow recovery screw eyes need to fit into a rigid molded part of minimal thickness that visually displays the maximum allowed range of plastic deformation in both axis of the screw eye when snapped into the part at the threaded end.

     EXAMPLE - A vehicle is disabled on the side of the road. The vehicle owner or tow recovery operator would remove the screw eye from the holder which would allow them to visually see the amount of deformation that the screw eye has undergone and be reassured that it is still safe to use for another tow or recovery. The screw eye holder would have two molds to check both axis for deformation. The vehicle owner or tow recovery operator would replace the screw eye into the holder confirming any deformation from the tow or recovery just performed.

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