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15:20 Nov 26, 2008
English to German translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks Additional field(s): Mechanics / Mech Engineering
English term or phrase:crumple zones
Definition from Right Solution, Inc.: Crumple Zones are sections of the front and rear of a vehicle that are designed to crumple during a crash so as to take as much energy as possible and keep the vehicle's occupants protected.
Crumple zones yield during a crash, changing energy from the crash, into heat and sound, which in turn reduces the chances that the passengers in the car will be hurt. Crumple Zones
When used in crumple zones, lightweight plastic components can help absorb energy and save vehicle
weight at the same time. American Chemistry Council
The downside to modern "soft design" crumple zones is that they allow more damage to occur to a vehicle even when the collision is relatively minor and of no major threat to the safety of the occupants, thereby increasing repair costs. Autotropolis