Tow hooks not meant for off-road recovery?
When I picked up my 17 TH the sales guy explaining how to use all the features of the car specifically called out the tow hooks, saying that they weren't meant to be used for recovery. He said the tow hooks are intended to allow you to tow obstacles (large, fallen trees, for example) out of your way when off-road.
This struck me as odd. I couldn't find much in the owner's manual about the tow hooks themselves, just instructions on the safety precautions around using the recovery strap, not using a damaged strap, etc. Yet I've seen plenty of YouTube videos of people using their tow hooks for recovery. The only downside I think I saw was that the tow hooks are covered in something like plastidip, and so you might damage the red cover over the metal hooks, but other than that it seems fine.
That said, the sales guy was also a little off on a few other minor details. Is he wrong on this one too? I asked, "So, if I go off-road and get stuck, what should I use for recovery, then?" and he didn't really have much of an answer, so I'm assuming he just got some bad information from an overly cautious co-worker.