Remember when “fender bender” meant minor accident?

March 4th, 2007

When I was young, cialis sales online the dinosaurs we rode came equipped with bumpers that could handle a head-on collision with a brontosaurus.

For years now, and I’ve been complaining about the plastic pieces of crap modern car manufacturers try to pass off as bumpers; nowadays, a scratch on a bumper will cost you $900.

So I wasn’t surprised when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety proved that modern bumpers are good for nothing except bumping up your repair bill:

In crash tests at speeds of three and six miles an hour some cars sustained damage that would cost thousands of dollars to fix….The reasons for the high cost? Formerly one-piece steel bumpers are now integrated into the vehicle’s front-end design, in part because new rules don’t require bumpers to be as strong and protective. That means consumers wind up paying thousands of dollars to fix damage from even a minor collision.

They are BUMPERS. They are needed because people bump into things. Don’t tell me we can’t make bumpers that can withstand six-mile-per-hour crashes and/or cost hardly anything to replace.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  March 6th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    They can but since they’re not required to, they don’t

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