Your vehicle’s bumper may seem like an afterthought but it actually provides an important function.

Car bumpers are crucial because they protect your vehicle during a collision. A bumper absorbs the impact during low speed collisions which helps to protect your vehicle.

Bumpers are made of plastic and have a reinforcement bar made out of a tough substance like aluminum or steel. Some may also contain polypropylene in order to help absorb energy during impact.

Some bumpers offer better protection than others. Factors which can affect the effectiveness of a bumper include built-on lights and the amount of overhang. Bumper standards are regulated by the government; the Bumper Standard requires the bumper to prevent damage to the body of a vehicle in low impact crashes of slower than 5 mph. However, it does not apply to minivans, SUV’s and trucks because bumpers may interfere with the operation of these particular vehicles.

It’s not possible to ascertain the effectiveness of a bumper by appearance alone and auto manufacturers are not required to provide disclosure on their bumpers. However, you can ask your vehicle manufacturer for this information.

Contact us if you are interested in bumper repair in San Diego, CA.