Crumple Zone Research Paper

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Are crumple zones effective?

In a typical crash scenario, the crumple zone effectively redistributes the force of impact on the vehicle, leaving the ‘safety cell’ intact whilst the front or rear of the vehicle is completely deformed. This means that the crumple zone is working correctly. However, crumple zones are designed to work in tandem with the additional safety features of a modern vehicle, such as the airbags, seatbelt and collapsible steering column. It is when all these features work to reduce the impact on the driver that injury is most commonly avoided.
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