2009 Dodge Ram sports an unusual safety feature

I had a chance to look over (but not drive) the 2009 Dodge Ram the other day, and I discovered an interesting quirk by means of the RamBox.; It’s not that I find the bed-mounted storage boxes odd, but something inside of them caught my eye.

It was a glow-in-the-dark emergency release.

Over the past few years, I’ve seen these pulls implemented across numerous vehicles – and I couldn’t be happier.; These handles allow children and other occupants trapped within trunks an emergency escape; one quick pull of the phosphorescent plastic handle, and pop goes the latch.; If an inexpensive part helps to save lives and reduce tragedies, I’m all for it.

But as they carry only 8.6 cubic feet of cargo, why does the RamBox include the pulls?; Interesting question, but the answer lies within Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 401.; Any vehicle that sports a trunk compartment must be equipped with an interior release that allows for trapped occupants to escape.

Sensible, but is the RamBox really a trunk?; According to the FMVSS, a cargo area is a trunk if

    it is intended to carry luggage or cargo (check) it sports a closable lid (check) it is wholly-separated from the passenger compartment (check) it is large enough to hold a standardized dummy, sized to an average three-year old child (check)

Well, I can’t confirm the last point; I’m certainly not going to go stuff a Cabbage Patch doll into the cubby to see if it’s feasible.

Although I think customers are more likely to place a set of tools inside the RamBox than their small child, I suppose it’s much better to be safe than sorry…


Buying Guide

2010 Dodge Ram 1500

Fair Market Price $12,940 Laramie 2WD Short Bed Crew Cab
Motor Trend Rating


14 City / 20 Hwy

Towing (Max):

9,100 lbs.

Payload (Max):

1,480 lbs.