Re: Childrens' cars

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Posted by Marty ( on 11:51:33 01/30/11

In Reply to: Re: Childrens' cars posted by 92sub

Well, kind of, yes. I really would prefer the older steel; just incorporate a few crumple zones - like at the firewall. The mass and resistance was much safer than the collapsible cars they sell today. Back in the day, when passenger restraint systems were updated, you needed a huge impact to push into the passenger compartment. Nowdays, people are critically injured or dead following a similar accident. The new side structures are much less resistant to deformation. In short, they are too light.

This is why I preferred the older trucks up to the mid 90's. They still had metal bumpers. Put a shock absorber behind it; I don't care. Just give some resistance and cut out all the absorption. Even the cars up through the 80's were better designed for impact protection. (Although I would like to see the crash test data compared between a '79 Chevy Chevette and a new 2000+ Honda Civic - I think that would be interesting.)

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