How are cars adapted to minimise injury to PEDESTRIANS in a car crash. How do car manufacturers do this?

This for a very important part of my GCSE and im very stuck, sorry to sound rude, but its really hard to find the answers to this on the internet, thankyou very much for any help.

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  • 9 years ago
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    One relatively recent innovation that is prevalent on Hondas and spreading to other manufacturers is putting collapsible brackets on top of the upper frame rails for mounting the fenders. If you open the hood of a car and look to the left or right at the part of the fender that is hidden when the hood is closed you will find some vehicles have several brackets holding the edge of the fender 1-2 inches up-off the side structural support. These are fairly flimsy and designed to collapse when a pedestrian falls on the fender. This provides a modicum of cushioning as opposed to driving them straight into the hard upper frame rail.

    ex: see the 5th photo down the right side.

    Source(s): Motor Vehicle Damage Appraiser
  • 9 years ago

    One is protrusions from the car. Things like hood ornaments and pop up head lights. One reason for the demise of pop up head lights is the hazard they present to a pedestrian who gets hit. Side mirrors have become "break away" assemblies, hood ornaments have become none existent and even the radio antennas are being changed. Door handles are becoming recessed.

    In short any design feature which can snag a person or their clothing is being deleted or modified.

    Point of impact and fenders are being shifted so that the pedestrian rolls over the car instead of under it.

    That at least is a start.

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