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Bumper Thumper

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander (Ditsi Mitsi)

Whatever happened to bumpers that could withstand a bump? Isn't there still federal regulations requiring bumpers to withstand a 5-MPH hit?
Our Outlander Sport got hit from behind Sept. 10, 2012, and, as you can see in the picture, got a hole punched in it. A pickup truck was stopped behind it at a stop sign when the pickup driver dropped something and while leaning over to retrieve it released his brake. It rolled into the back of our Mitsubishi.
The Mitsubishi goes into the shop tomorrow for repairs, to be completely covered by the dude's insurance, including a rental car while the Mitsubishi is being fixed. The repairs are going to cost over $1,100, the result of a little bumper-thumper.
I'm thinking maybe today's bumpers no longer hold up to those 5 MPH hits like they should. Maybe manufacturers should go back to steel bumpers. I think in our situation it would've held up much better.

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Crazyfast79TA’s Profile Photo
Sep 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm
That "5 mph standard" is only for passenger safety. I had a '73 LeMans and my friend had a '74 Satelite. We played bumper tag a lot and the cars didn't show it!

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