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I am the wife of SRT**8. I miss having a grab handle to hold onto. My husband's driving has gotten a little crazy and a handle would really be useful for ramps onto highways. Our family calls his car the Batmobile!!
 

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SRT**8 said:
I am the wife of SRT**8. I miss having a grab handle to hold onto. My husband's driving has gotten a little crazy and a handle would really be useful for ramps onto highways. Our family calls his car the Batmobile!!
We always called it the "oh sh*t" handle. Since that's what you say right before you grab it. :biggrin:
 

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Mrs. SRT**8, Welcome to the forums!! My hubbeee doesn't drive my C very often, and when he does he's fairly tame. Having the SRT makes for even more of a dilemma for you I'm sure, however I must censor myself on any further comments regarding your "missing grab handle" :bigeyes: :smirk: :silly:
j/k, I just grab the door pull if needed :biggrin: enjoy that SRT8, hope he tosses you the keys now and then!!
 

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SRT**8 said:
I am the wife of SRT**8. I miss having a grab handle to hold onto. My husband's driving has gotten a little crazy and a handle would really be useful for ramps onto highways. Our family calls his car the Batmobile!!
The missing assist/grab handle is the first thing my wife noticed on our first test drive. I asked the dealer if they would install one, but they said no way, due to the side curtain air bags. The air bags are located where the grab handle would go. If you didn't buy the Option Group 1, with the supplemental air bags, then you should be able to have a handle installed.
 

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The first thing the wife notices

My wife noticed it too. Almost the first thing. Of course she does like the seats quite a bit.

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...I asked the dealer if they would install one, but they said no way, due to the side curtain air bags. The air bags are located where the grab handle would go...
To add a little more detail to what your dealer told you, joey, the air bag covers for the front seat side air curtains are located directly above the center of the upper door seals, while the air bag covers for the rear seat occupants are located just forward of door center in the rear seats.

Thus passenger restraint handles for the front seat occupants would be located directly over the air bag doors, posing a hazard on air bag deployment. The rear seat air bag doors are located in a more forward positon, relative to the occupants, enabling the rear seats to have the grab handles, which mount aft of the air bag doors.
 

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To add a little more detail to what your dealer told you, joey, the front seat side air curtains are deployed from directly above the center of the upper door seals, while those for the rear seat occupants deploy from just forward of door center in the rear seats.

Thus passenger restraint handles for the front seat occupants would be located directly over the air bag doors, posing a hazard on air bag deployment. The rear seat air bag doors are located in a more forward positon, relative to the occupants, enabling the rear seats to have the grab handles, which mount aft of the air bag doors.
I hear you, and you are probably right. But after seeing the first pick of the Magnum wreck, it looks like the rear passenger grab handle is right over the air bag. Just like it would be if there were a front passenger grab handle. Just from looking at these pics, it would "appear" Chrysler could have added a front grab handle. But what do I know. I keep having this sneaking suspicion it was a Chrysler cost saving idea, like the missing magazine holder on the back of the passenger seat.




 

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I hear you, and you are probably right. But after seeing the first pick of the Magnum wreck, it looks like the rear passenger grab handle is right over the air bag. Just like it would be if there were a front passenger grab handle. Just from looking at these pics, it would "appear" Chrysler could have added a front grab handle. But what do I know. I keep having this sneaking suspicion it was a Chrysler cost saving idea, like the missing magazine holder on the back of the passenger seat.
Interesting photos, joey, thanks.

The distinction that I've made more clear in my earlier post is that it is the placement of the air bag doors themselves that is is critical to the question of whether or not grab handles could feasibly be installed. The front seat air bag doors are located precisely where the forward grab handles would go, thus precluding their installation. The rear air bag doors, conversely, are located in a more forward position relative to the seat occupants and thus leave space for mounting the grab bars to the rear of the air bag doors themselves.
 

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Interesting photos, joey, thanks.

The distinction that I've made more clear in my earlier post is that it is the placement of the air bag doors themselves that is is critical to the question of whether or not grab handles could feasibly be installed. The front seat air bag doors are located precisely where the forward grab handles would go, thus precluding their installation. The rear air bag doors, conversely, are located in a more forward position relative to the seat occupants and thus leave space for mounting the grab bars to the rear of the air bag doors themselves.
Well I guess Chrysler's design team could have designed their air bags differently to allow for a handle. Side air bags seem to have become the norm for today's autos and I think many other cars still have front grab/assist handles. I just don't take no for an answer! Come on Chrysler, put on your thinking caps and figure out a way to design in a handle!
 

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joey said:
...Come on Chrysler, put on your thinking caps and figure out a way to design in a handle!
:) Now that, Joey, I agree with 100%! :AR15firin
 

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I bet one of the more adventurous owners could design a rally car style handle on the side of the center console (the Audi TT has a non-functional, and een if it were strong enough poorly placed, one of these).
 

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A little levity is in order here

My wife usually grabs the nearest thing on me that's available.

It's no fun when I'm coming off the line or making a sharp turn.

:banana: :banana: :banana:
 

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My wife usually grabs the nearest thing on me that's available.

It's no fun when I'm coming off the line or making a sharp turn.
My driving style is so tame it's damn near timid while my wife is in the car and still she's instictively reaching for a handle that's no longer there.
 

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yup...

my audi is 5 years old, has curtain airbags and still has 'JC bars' over all 4 doors.
 

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We call it the Sullivan bar guess what my last name is. I keep telling them (two daughters and a wife) it won't help in a accident but they keep looking for the bar.

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