Admittedly, I didn’t spend a great deal of time researching this product or it’s competing products because it’s not very complex or expensive. In the event that I don’t like it for any reason, I can simply return it. But I did browse through some of the top rated reviews on Amazon and found that there were some customer complaints about the rubber stop being poorly designed and causing damage to some models of cars.
But those reviews were written a few years ago and although it didn’t look like the manufacturer had responded to any of the questions or reviews on the Amazon product page, my guess is that enough time had passed for the manufaturer to have noticed and corrected the issue because it wasn’t a hard problem to fix.
In a nutshell, the complaint was that the rubber used wasn’t rigid enough and wore down quickly which then proceeded to touch and dent the contact point of the door frame. This isn’t a difficult problem to fix, just change the rubber material used to a slightly more rigid rubber. I’m not certain if this was corrected by the manufacturer but I wasn’t super worried about it because there were enough positive reviews to give me peace of mind that it would work fine. It doesn’t matter what product it is, there are always going to be problems with almost anything so I pulled the trigger and am happy with it.
This only applies if you drive a 2019 Prius, but one small thing that I’m going to point out is that it comes into contact with the door switch/sensor on the passenger side. But all you have to do is adjust it to sit on top of the step to avoid damaging it. Even if you don’t adjust it, it’s unlikely to damage it right away under normal use because the switch has a decent amount of play and it’s mostly just pressing against the rubber boot.
The Moki Door Step weighs less than 2 lbs and is made from aircraft grade aluminum rated to hold over 400 lbs. It’s easy to store and use and for $34.95, it’s a no brainer. It also happens to be a product that was shown on Shark Tank.
I wouldn’t recommend using it on the rear door frame because it doesn’t sit flat, at least on my car. Depending on the vehicle, you may be able to use it on the rear door frame with no issues.
This is the rubber stop that the complaints were about. It seems plenty strong enough so maybe the manufacturer corrected the issue.
Also, I would recommend removing the two Philips screws and adding some Loctite because they might eventually back out over time and fall out. They came pretty loose as well so at a minimum, I would make sure to tighten these before use.
I haven’t used this thing very many times but my impression so far is that it’s well made and priced reasonably. Why didn’t I think of this?