New Crash Tests Show High Cost of Bumpers that Fail to Bump

This article discusses the deficiencies of automobile bumpers in the U.S. market in terms of their failure to avert damage in crashes at less than 5 mph. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has, over the course of 38 years, regularly evaluated bumped performance, and, more recently, has improved its testing by using more realistic testing scenarios. Many typical problems with bumpers include insufficient reinforcement at various crash angles, high cost of repair, and damage caused by disparities in ride height between standard automobiles and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Repair costs are demonstrated to range from $4,277 in damage for front full, front corner, rear full and rear corner scenarios for the highest performing vehicle and $9,051. A similarly marketed vehicle produced in the U.S. in 1981 placed in the same crash scenarios would have incurred a cost of $469, as the article explains for comparative purposes.


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  • Accession Number: 01044974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2007 1:19PM