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In my old 2014 smart that I just traded in, the 120 power cord was stored in the compartment in the rear hatch. In my new 2018, there is a very clear white sticker on the hatch that (in pictures) says don’t store the cable in the hatch compartment; only store it in the Velcro storage keeper it comes with. Anyone know why this is? And if so why have a compartment in the back hatch at all?
 

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I finally got an official answer back, in case anyone is interested:


"The circuitry within the charging cable is not designed to be dropped from 2 feet over and over again. Even though its self contained within the molded compartment, slamming the trunk shut replicates just that. Due to a high rate of defects due to "sudden deceleration" they re-engineered the storage design."
 

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I know, right?


My 2014, as I said, had it stored in the trunk. I didn't drive like a maniac down crazy bumpy streets, and I didn't ever full-force slam the tailgate. The power cord worked just fine.


Anyways, I have my answer. I was more concerned that it might have something to do with ESD after use, or something similar to that; but if it's just about bounciness and slamminess I'm ok with taking the small risk of storing it in the tailgate.


Thanks, all.
 
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