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Bumpers: Effective, But How Cost Beneficial?
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published February 01, 1974 by SAE International in United States
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The major factors influencing the cost-benefit relationship of improved bumper systems are discussed. Evidence is presented which demonstrates that energy-absorbing bumper designs have proved effective in reducing the frequency of crash damage, especially damage from low-speed crashes. Among the statistical sources utilized are State Farm's Current Model Year Study, Survey of Unrepaired Damage, Highway Loss Data Institute reports, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test results.
Although the improved bumper systems are proving effective, the maximum potential cost savings are not yet being realized by consumers. This situation should change as standardization of bumper heights becomes more prevalent and as better data on the costs of improved bumper systems becomes available.
CitationCasassa, J., Sorenson, W., and Gardner, R., "Bumpers: Effective, But How Cost Beneficial?," SAE Technical Paper 740986, 1974, https://doi.org/10.4271/740986.
- “Automobile Insurance Losses, Collision Coverages, A Comparison of Results for 1972 and 1973 Models.” Research Report A-1, Highway Loss Data Institute, Washington, May 1974.
- Sorenson Wayne W., Gardner Richard E., and Casassa James II, “Patterns of Automobile Crash Damage.” Paper 740065 presented at SAE Automotive Engineering Congress, Detroit, February 1974.