We have 2017 Toyota Yaris Hatchback and would like to install a hitch-mounted bike rack.
It seems like there are aftermarket hitches available, but the owner's manual does not recommend towing or even the installation of a hitch mounted bike rack. (I'm in the U.S.)
"Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Toyota also does not recommend the installation of a tow hitch or the use of a tow hitch carrier for a wheelchair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer or for the use of tow hitch mounted carriers."
Is this just a legal disclaimer or would there be any real dangers of having a hitch installed on a Yaris?
As an alternative, I am thinking of a trunk mounted rack, but I do have very expensive bikes and don't feel comfortable having them secured on the trunk.