They're supposed to limit damage in minor collisions, but many don't.
January 24, 2012
Bumper mismatch is easily fixed
Simple modifications to the bumpers of SUVs could save consumers thousands of dollars on repairs after low-speed collisions between SUVs and cars.
December 2, 2010
Bumper mismatch is still a problem
SUV and car bumpers don’t line up with each other, and that leads to expensive damage in low-speed crashes.
November 3, 2010
Aftermarket bumper standard works well
Tests show aftermarket parts can work well if they are correctly reverse-engineered.
November 18, 2009
Subaru improves Legacy bumpers
A big improvement in the Subaru Legacy's bumper performance after a redesign shows that automakers can do a lot to limit damage in low-speed crashes that happen every day.
September 17, 2009
NHTSA may regulate SUV, pickup bumpers
Federal regulators have agreed to seek comments on an Institute petition to extend federal bumper rules to pickups, SUVs and vans.
June 11, 2009
Minicars do poorly in IIHS bumper tests
Five out of seven minicars and microcars earn poor ratings in the Institute's bumper tests, racking up thousands of dollars in damage in low-speed collisions.
July 24, 2008
Canada loosens bumper standard
Canada ditches its tougher bumper standard in favor of one as weak as the U.S. rule.
July 1, 2008
Light trucks need bumper rules too
Federal bumper rules don't apply to SUVs or pickups. If they did, minor crashes would result in much less damage than they do now.
December 22, 2007
Nissan Quest struggles in bumper tests
Six 2008 model minivans failed to prevent extensive damage in low-speed bumper tests. The Nissan Quest was the worst with more than $8,000 in damage.
August 4, 2007
Luxury cars have poor bumpers
Luxury cars sustain major damage in crashes at the speed of a brisk walk, new Institute tests show.
March 1, 2007
Tests show most bumpers are bad
The Institute has revamped its bumper test program, and the new tests reveal numerous problems that result in excessive damage in minor impacts.
September 13, 2004
Bumper mismatch is costing consumers
In a series of low-speed tests, the Institute demonstrates the high repair costs that result from fender-benders when car and SUV bumpers don't line up.
Bumper mismatch is a real-world problem
Photos of real-world crashes show the consequences of bumper mismatch.
March 16, 2002
Different countries, different bumpers
Bumpers on the European version of the Volkswagen New Beetle don't perform as well as the bumpers on the U.S. version.
Most small cars have inadequate bumpers
Some automakers make bumpers that prevent excessive damage, but those are the exceptions, the latest round of testing on small cars confirms.
Kia Sedona bumper test toll is $9,747
The minivan's worst performance was in the front-into-flat-barrier test, in which the airbags unnecessarily deployed.
March 20, 2001
Bumper improvements are rare
In contrast to the improvements in frontal crashworthiness, most bumpers haven't gotten better. There are a few exceptions, however.
September 30, 2000
Flimsy SUV bumpers fail in 5 mph tests
Improvements to car bumpers haven't carried over to many SUVs, which allow excessive damage in low-speed crash tests.
April 15, 2000
Latest bumper tests are disappointing
Among the 17 new cars whose bumpers were recently evaluated, most needed expensive repairs after low-speed crashes.
April 24, 1999
Better bumpers on most vehicles the Institute tested
May 9, 1998
New Beetle bumpers ace Institute low-speed tests
April 4, 1998
Pickup bumpers perform poorly in Institute low-speed tests
August 30, 1997
Saturn's bumpers are stellar compared with other small cars
May 10, 1997
Luxury car bumpers flunk low-speed impact tests
Bumper performance varies among cars from same automaker
November 9, 1996
Bumpers on passenger vans vary widely in how well they resist damage in low-speed impacts
March 2, 1996
Utility vehicles perform poorly in 5 mph crash tests
Damage repair costs for six 1996 midsize four-door utility vehicles
Mounting spare tire on back adds considerably to repair costs
February 25, 1995
Best, worst 1995 four-door midsize cars in low-speed crash tests
More winners and losers among 1995 four-door midsize cars
Costs to repair damage after a series of four impacts at 5 mph
Some automakers try to improve their cars when it comes to bumpers
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