US Patent No. 9,233,586


Patent No. 9,233,586
Issue Date January 12, 2016 
Title Dual Function Tow Hook
Inventorship Richard Howard, Brighton, MI (US)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,233,586

1. A dual function tow hook, comprising:
a body forming a tow hook, wherein said body is asymmetrically-shaped and includes a first free end and a second free end,
wherein each of the first and second free ends have at least one mounting aperture for mounting the body of the tow hook directly
to a vehicle; and

an integral step formed in said body, wherein said integral step is recessed in an upper surface of said body and has a grooved
tread face extending between a first end wall and a second end wall, said integral step being formed in said body between
said first and second free ends.