So with all the safety concerns circling around currently due to some isolated incidents where incorrect recovery techniques resulted in serious injuries, where will it stop???
I now will need to withdraw from upcoming trips as currently do not have "rated recovery points" attached to the front of my vehcile. What i do have is 2 welded loops, attached to front chassis rails, which i have and would use in conjucntion with a bridle.
The argument i hear is that the point is for securing to trucks, which is in contrary to the Factory Manual which states they are used as a towing point to remove the car if it becomes bogged / stuck or requires to be towed.
The same is true for a towbar point, the insert placed into the receiver may be "rated" for recovery, but the towbar has been designed and built for trailer towing, not "snatch recovery"
Other prevailing arguements state that welded tow points, ie most front 4wd's have no assurance that the welds penetrated properly??? Well where is your assurance that the chassis crossmembers etc, that your "rated" points are bolted to have been inspected for penetration??
Further, in a military setting, heavy AFV's have recovery/ tow points, not "rated", however the attached item, whether chain, strap, shackle, pulley block, has its attached rating, but as for the attaching point, just a formed extrusion of the hull.
I guess my question is, is it really rated??? as in the whole setup??
Or can we relax and employ common sense and safe practices and try and mitigate our risk that way??