LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lower bumper heights

Dec 20, 2011


Most of today’s vehicles have sloped front ends for aesthetics as well as fuel efficiency. School buses and other high-body height vehicles (especially those that make frequent stops in the roadway) should have lowered bumper heights or similar energy-absorbing structures below body height to accommodate this.

Even a low-speed collision will result in death or injury when a car strikes a hard object in the non-impact area such as the windshield. Millions of dollars are poured into research and development of crash-worthy structures on front and rear areas on cars, with large amounts of government regulation requiring their implementation.

It seems ridiculous to commit all of these resources to, and have requirements for this level of safety when a few vehicles on the road completely negate the function of these life-saving devices. A 55 mph impact is very survivable with current airbags and energy- absorbing crush zones. This is another example of how current federal regulation almost gets the job done. If the auto industry and consumer must endure them, let’s demand that we get our money’s worth.

— Marc D. Bedrosian, Grand Haven


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