Get the Facts About the Crumple Zone


Even if you drive very carefully, there is always a risk of an accident when you’re on the road. To mitigate the dangers of collisions, auto engineers have designed cars with crumple zones. These zones help to protect you in the event of an accident. Although having a crumple zone means that you will likely need collision repairs, the way your car contracts in these areas during a crash could be life-saving.

What exactly is a crumple zone?

Crumple zones are parts of a car that are designed to absorb energy during a collision, so that it reduces the effects of the impact on the occupants of the vehicle. In response to the energy absorption, these portions of the vehicle crumple, or collapse inward, during a crash. In other words, you will likely see the most collision damage on the crumple zone of your car if you are in an accident.

Where are the crumple zones located?

There is no single crumple zone design that works for all cars, and manufacturers usually protect information about their crumple zones as proprietary. In designing a car with crumple zones, designers have to consider the weight, size, and shape of the vehicle. Based on this information, designers may incorporate frames that collapse in portions or used certain metals that absorb energy in portions of the car. Typically, crumple zones are in the front and back of cars.

What can’t the entire car be a crumple zone?

Some people wonder why the entire vehicle can’t effectively be a crumple zone, if it would protect the people inside. The reason is because engineers have to balance the inability to pierce the vehicle with its ability to crumple. Further, some pieces of a car won’t crumple, such as an engine or gas tank.

After a collision happens, come get expert repairs for your car at B&L Automotive. Our body shop is a certified collision center and provides high-caliber car repair service you can count on. Contact our auto body shop in Chicago at (773) 463-1622.

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