When your vehicle hits another vehicle, the force of the impact is extremely dangerous. Even a minor accident such as a fender-bender can result in whiplash and other serious injuries. Auto manufacturers are aware of this, so they design vehicles to bear the brunt of the force in accidents. Part of your vehicle is designated as the “crumple zone,” and it is meant to absorb the energy of an impact to minimize the risk of serious harm to the driver and passengers. Here’s what you need to know about the crumple zone.
How does the crumple zone work?
When your vehicle crashes into another object, the force with which it hits is determined by its mass and by how fast it is going. The crumple zone slows down the speed with which the two objects hit each other, thus reducing the magnitude of the collision. The collision deforms the vehicle by damaging it in the crumple zone, thus reducing the impact that affects the interior of the car where the driver and passengers are.
Where is the crumple zone?
The crumple zone is most often located in the front of the vehicle because this is where the most dangerous collisions are likely to happen, but there may be a crumple zone in the back of the vehicle as well. Some vehicles even have smaller crumple zones in other areas.
Do all vehicles have crumple zones?
Just as cars used to be made without standard safety features such as airbags and seat belts, they also used to be designed without crumple zones. This means that some older vehicles may not have them. The majority of all new vehicles are designed with crumple zones.
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