Bumpers: Effective, But How Cost Beneficial? 740986
The major factors influencing the cost-benefit relationship of improved bumper systems are discussed. Evidence is presented which demonstrates that energy-absorbing bumper designs have proved effective in reducing the frequency of crash damage, especially damage from low-speed crashes. Among the statistical sources utilized are State Farm's Current Model Year Study, Survey of Unrepaired Damage, Highway Loss Data Institute reports, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test results.
Although the improved bumper systems are proving effective, the maximum potential cost savings are not yet being realized by consumers. This situation should change as standardization of bumper heights becomes more prevalent and as better data on the costs of improved bumper systems becomes available.