Someone might get fired over this.
Accidents happen, it's a fact of life. Some have relatively minor consequences, others can be fatal. This one that recently occurred at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan home of the new Ram 1500 TRX, falls into the former category but we wouldn't be surprised if a few factory employees are disciplined as a result. Instagrammer sinister_lifestyle managed to obtain a photo of a new Hellcat-powered TRX lying on its side after it fell off the assembly line.
What went wrong? Some commentators with previous car factory experience believe it could have been a mechanical carrier failure.
But one thing is for certain: this truck is on its way to the crusher, according to The Drive. Perhaps some components can be salvaged but it definitely can't be repaired and later sold. The good news is that no factory employee was injured as a result of this little mishap, and nor was this example one of the Launch Editions of which just 702 examples are being built. Each one costs over $90,000 and all sold out in just three hours.
Launch Edition models come with the Level 2 Equipment Group, which tacks on carbon-fiber interior trim, a color accent package, a head-up display, a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon premium sound system, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof.
Ram TRX production got underway barely two weeks ago and an accident like this is definitely not what employees and company officials wanted. The first TRX (note: not the one pictured) will head to a charity auction and it's expected to sell for well over MSRP. VIN 001 has some additional optional equipment like a Mopar RamBar, rock rails, and a bed-mounted tire carrier.
Company officials have refused to comment on the apparent factory mishap but hopefully, lessons have been learned.