Let’s not kid ourselves people, cars are not only NOT safer than they used to be, they are far less safe. Let’s start with “crumple zones”. These are supposedly areas of the car that sacrifice themselves to save occupants from injury. In reality, these are areas of the car that assist in creating a total loss for insurance companies and car manufacturers.
Cars are not built to save occupants, they are built to destroy themselves so the car makers can sell new ones and insurance companies don’t have to deal with a big repair that could end up costing them money. It’s just easier, cheaper and faster to write a check and kiss the problem goodbye. Fixing a car after a major accident is a big deal.
I have several examples I have personally either witnessed or been a part of. Here are just a few I can remember from almost 40 years in the industry.
1978 Camaro vs 1987 Toyota Celica. The Camaro lost a marker light, which I managed to put back in. It had some scuffed paint. I painted the right front fender and the front bumper, replaced NO parts, and the car was in and out of the shop in 1 day. The Celica needed $6,000 worth of repairs.
1986 Caprice vs 1966 Caprice. Same model, 20 years difference. 86 hit the 66 in the rear bumper. The 66 needed a new bumper. the 86 was a total loss. The engine went into the passenger compartment. all 4 doors were stuck. Every window in the car was smashed.
57 Chevy vs concrete wall at about 65 MPH. Bent the bumper and broke the left headlight. Drove it home.
83 GMC Van vs 90s Honda civic. Van had no visible marks on it. Honda was totaled. It folded up like an accordion.
The list goes on and on……