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Crash Test Results for Sedan Bumpers

Bumpers on 2009 models of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Maxima performed better than their 2007 predecessors in low-speed crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Bumpers on the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and 2010 Ford Fusion did worse than earlier models. Get the complete story at TheAutoChannel.com.


 


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Mini and microcar bumpers
IIHS news release • June 11, 2009 Mini and microcar bumpers allow pricey damage; none of the 7 tested rates good under new system ARLINGTON, VA — Urban drivers often pick mini and microcars because they're affordable, fuel efficient, and easy to park on city streets. Fender-benders are hazards of urban driving, and just one of them can add up to thousands of dollars in repair costs because the bumpers don't adequately protect vehicles from damage. None of the bumpers on 7 mini and microcars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested earns the top rating of good, and just 1, the Smart Fortwo, is acceptable. Five out of the 7 earn poor ratings and 1 earns a marginal. Full text of news release: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr061109.html





Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Cr
Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Crash IIHS: Federal Bumper Standards Should Apply to Light Trucks Cars, SUVs and pickups share the road, but they don't share the same standard for bumpers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has petitioned the federal government to regulate the bumpers on light trucks (SUVs, pickups, and vans) just as it regulates those on cars. The same bumper rules should apply to all kinds of passenger vehicles. To meet federal rules, car bumpers must be 16 to 20 inches off the ground and limit the amount of damage that can be sustained in a low-speed crash. The idea is to ensure that the bumpers on colliding cars engage, absorbing most of the energy of the impact and keeping damage away from expensive-to-repair parts - like fenders, grilles, headlights, and taillights. Car bumper rules don't apply to light trucks. In fact, it's still legal to sell these vehicles without any bumpers at all. Federal regulators' longstanding thinking is that requiring light trucks to have bumpers would compromise off-road navigation and make it hard to use these vehicles at loading ramps. The Institute counters that putting damage-resistant bumpers on light trucks needn't compromise utility. New SUV-to-car crash test results: A series of low-speed crash tests shows why. The Institute details the results in its petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The tests involved 4 midsize SUVs striking the back of a typical midsize car at 10 miles per hour. One of the SUVs - a Ford Explorer - does a better job than 3 others (Hummer H3, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Mitsubishi Endeavor) of resisting damage in low-speed crashes and minimizing damage to the vehicles with which it collides. The front bumpers on the H3, Grand Cherokee, and Endeavor are so high that they overrode the rear bumpers of the stationary Hyundai Sonatas in the Institute tests. Damage to the Sonatas ranged from $3,891 to $4,737. Even the SUVs sustained more than $1,000 damage each. In contrast, the Explorer sustained less than $1,000 damage in the same front-into-rear test, and it inflicted only about one-third as much damage on the Sonata as the worst performer among the 4 SUVs, the H3.





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Huge cost of mismatched bumpers
IIHS news release • December 2, 2010 Huge cost of mismatched bumpers: When bumpers on cars and SUVs don't line up (and many of them don't), low-speed collisions produce more damage and higher repair costs ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers are the first line of defense against costly damage in everyday low-speed crashes. Bumpers on cars are designed to match up with each other in collisions, but a long-standing gap in federal regulations exempts SUVs from the same rules. New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests demonstrate the results: SUV bumpers that don't line up with those on cars can lead to huge repair bills in what should be minor collisions in stop-and-go traffic. Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr120210.html





2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test
This crash test between a modern sedan and the classic 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air shows just how far passenger protection has come in the last fifty years. The Institute for Highway Safety staged the test to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Find more crash tests on our web site: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/cars/iihs-crash-tests/67619540 5001/?EXTKEY=I93YT01&CMP=OTC-YUTBE





Low-speed vehicle crash tests
IIHS news release • May 20, 2010 ARLINGTON, VA - Low-speed vehicles and minitrucks shouldn't share busy public roads with regular traffic More states are allowing a relatively new breed of vehicle on public roads, but crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show why the mix of low-speed vehicles (LSVs) or minitrucks and regular traffic is a deadly combination. LSVs are designed for tooling around residential neighborhoods, and minitrucks are for hauling cargo off-road. While these vehicles have a lot of appeal as a way to reduce emissions and cut fuel use, they don't have to meet the basic safety standards that cars and pickups do, and they aren't designed to protect their occupants in crashes. Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr052010.html





Fix Plastic Bumper Damage: Complete Kit
http://scratchwizard.net TRANSCRIPTION: In this video you will learn how to take bumper damage like this, and make it look like this, using the BumperWizard bumper repair kit. Apply masking tape to adjacent panels and plastic trim that could be sprayed with paint. Wrap your scuff pad in coarse sandpaper, and sand the bumper with firm pressure. Wipe away dust and clean the entire panel with wax and grease remover. You might find that some of the scratches won't sand out. You'll want to apply a thin layer of scratch-filling putty with the supplied plastic spreader. Again, wrap sandpaper around your grey scuff pad and sand with firm pressure. Sometimes you'll find that a second application of putty is needed. Next take your scuff pad, and scuff a minimum of ten inches in every direction from the repair area. This is very important, and ensures that the paint you apply is going to permanently stick and be durable over time. Be sure to apply newspaper or butcher paper over any areas that could possibly sprayed with overspray from your paint cans. Now shake your primer can for about 60 seconds and apply one thin layer. Now apply a heavy layer of primer, until you've just about covered all the bare black plastic exposed after you sanded out the scratches in your paint. With light pressure, sand your primer until it feels smooth, using your fine-grit sandpaper. Shake your jar of paint for about 30 seconds and insert the spray unit. Now apply a thin layer of your paint. I found that the paint was going with some bumps, and I could see some cloudiness and some cat scratches in there. I didn't quite have a flat surface to work with, it was a little premature spraying the paint on there. I waited 5 minutes for this to harden, and I took out my fine sandpaper and knocked down any scratches or any roughness that was in the surface. I found that with my second application of paint it was really looking quite good. Real thin coats, about 10-12 inches away. If you have a silver or gold car, you might see some stripes in there, so what you want to do is follow up with some vertical passes. Now when I take a closer look I don't see the cloudiness, I don't see any fine scratching. You might see some bumps, but that's okay. You'll have to look very close when the repair is done to see those bumps. From a normal distance you won't notice them. So we wait 5 minutes and we shake up our clearcoat can for about 60 seconds, and nd we'll put on one light coat of clearcoat. And now we'll follow up with a fairly heavy coat. You'll notice how much slower I move from left to right, making sure to overlap about 50% with each pass. Within 10 minutes pull your paper, pull your tape, and you have a virtually new bumper. You can wash the car, wax the car, it is permanent. STEP 1: Mask panels and trim around the repair area. STEP 2: Sand with coarse sandpaper using firm pressure. STEP 3: Wipe away dust and clean with wax and grease remover. STEP 4: Fill scratches with supplied putty and spreader. STEP 5: Scuff area with grey pad. STEP 6: Apply a thin layer of primer. STEP 7: Wait 2 minutes, then apply a heavy layer of primer. STEP 8: Sand primer until it feels smooth using fine-grit sandpaper. STEP 9: Apply thin layer of factory-matched paint. STEP 10: Wait 5 minutes, then apply a light layer of clear coat. STEP 11: Wait another 5 minutes, then apply a heavier layer of clear coat. This kit and process can be replicated on any plastic bumper.





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