Predictable Mode of Deformation

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Vehicles collide. They crash. They deform. Any vehicle model designed today will, without a doubt, be involved in collisions. Someone will be inside that vehicle, and their very life is at stake. That’s why vehicles must be designed to deform in a reasonable way. The mode of deformation is predictable and so the predictable mode of deformation must be safe.

We don’t want vehicles deforming so that the doors jam, trapping the occupants inside. We don’t want the fuel tank to be pushed into the passenger compartment. We don’t want the engine sitting on someone’s lap. We don’t want the steering wheel to spear the driver in the chest. We don’t want the dashboard so hard that it fractures.

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In general, automotive manufacturers have taken the predictable mode of deformation quite seriously, and most vehicles are designed with this in mind. However, there are exceptions. Some manufacturers have trouble keeping the doors from popping open in crashes. Crash tests reveal vehicle defects and flaws. Review the crash tests before purchasing a vehicle. It may mean the difference between life and death.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a collision where the vehicle seems to have caused further damage, contact us.