Sometimes items on tindie raise a knowing smile and it’s often products that have been created to solve a very individual issue or frustration. As a case in point this product solves an annoying beep when carrying an over size load in a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an SUV and as such gets called in for load carrying duties. As a HIghlander owner, JPElectron occasionally had the need to carry over size objects. Objects like ladders, timber or pipework sometimes needed to extend out of the tailgate of the vehicle. Securing the payloads is no problem, but the Highlander has an alarm system connected to the tailgate locking mechanism that indicates if it isn’t closed. Needless to say the prospect of a long journey accompanied by an alarm was the catalyst for creating this solution!
This simple 3D printed plug is designed to be inserted and grabbed by the lock mechanism. When inserted and locked the tailgate thinks it’s closed and the alarm is silenced. Toggling the lock the plug is ejected by the opening mechanism. The plug is printed in PETG which means it’s tough and durable and not likely to be effected by warm temperatures. The plug has a slot through which you can attach a cable tie, which can provide an anchor point for the tailgate or we could imagine it being used to hang the plug near the tailgate when not in use.