The bumpers are a big part of the car’s aesthetics. They are also there to protect the car against minor impacts. Just about all of our rear and frontal collision repairs, in fact, involve the bumpers to some degree. We’ll explain the role of the car bumpers and what they are and aren’t designed to do.
Why Car Bumpers Matter
Contrary to popular belief, a bumper is not intended to protect the car occupants from serious injury. The bumper’s main function is to protect components, such as the trunk, hood, fuel exhaust, cooling system, headlamps, and taillights in a low-speed collision.
The key word here is “low-Speed.” The bumper does no good in a head-on 50 mph collision. It’s designed to withstand impacts equivalent to a vehicle striking a stationary car of the same weight at 5 mph. Continue Reading →