Prior to 1959, people believed the stronger the structure, the safer the car. BUT in actual fact, constructions of this nature proved deadly to driver & passengers, because the force from the impact went straight inside the vehicle and onto the driver & passengers.
Crumple Zones with rigid cabs are now the standard in every car manufactured throughout the world.
Most vehicles today are manufactured with a Unitized Body / Frame (Unibody) construction. This is a manufacturing process where sheet metal is bent and formed then spot welded together to create a passenger capsule which makes up the structural frame and functional body of the car.
Modern vehicles mostly consist out of eight different materials:
– mild steel
– high strength steel
– modern high strength steel
– ultra high strength steel
– ultra high strength steel (hot-formed steel)
– aluminium panel
– aluminium casting
– aluminium profile
These metals will be found in the new model type vehicles, even the entry level vehicles.
And therefore it is of vital importance that your vehicle is repaired by an approved repairer. Approved repairers receive certified training in order to follow the correct procedures when repairing a vehicle and also use the correct equipment to ensure that the repair work is according to factory specifications. These vehicles have “crumple zones” to absorb the energy of a collision and protect the passengers.
Auto safety has come a long way in the last few decades, and one of the most effective innovations is the crumple zone. Also known as a crush zone, crumple zones are areas of a vehicle that are designed to deform in a certain way so it can absorb some of the energy of the impact, preventing it from being transmitted to the occupants of the vehicle.
Of course keeping the people safe in auto accidents are not as simple as making the whole vehicle crumple. Manufactureres have to consider many factors in designing safer cars, including vehicle size and weight, frame stiffness and the stresses the vehicle is likely to be subjected to in a crash. SUV’s often crash with more force than small cars.
New parts of the car are built with special metal structures that are designed to crumple and deform in a collision. Crumple zones absorb most of the impact so that the occupants do not suffer the effects. One of the reasons we prefer to replace instead of repair. There is no way a repaired part can be tested to ensure the crumple zones are in order! You cannot place a value on the safety of your family and yourself, so please verify the approval- / authorisation date and certificate of your repairer.
So next time you are involved in an accident please think twice – make the right choice! Take your vehicle to MCR – a factory approved repairer – Where you can experience first-hand customer satisfaction and a Quality Repair at its BEST!