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Historic Crash Tests: Prepare for the Carnage.

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, Domestic Rides, Promoted by MrAngry | January 13th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

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Every day millions of people climb into their automobiles and go about their daily business without a care in the world. They get on the road with millions of other motorists and travel at speeds in excess of 75 mph. Cars today are wonderful machines utilizing safety features that just 40 years ago would have been thought impossible. Anti-lock brakes, crumple zones and enough airbags to turn a car into a big canoli are all measures that have been taken to make sure that you arrive to your destination safe and sound. But what about when these devices weren’t available, what were cars like then. Well, for those of you born after 1980, lets just say that they were actually pretty frightening. Sure, size did matter to an extent, but for the most part the cars of yesteryear are considered to be rolling deathtraps by today’s standards. Click play on the below videos to see what I mean, just be prepared for some graphic images.

You can find out more about today’s automotive safety standards by visiting The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

• Crash Tests from the 1960s

• Crash Tests from the 1970s / 1980s

• 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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4 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    I am all for the manufacturers making their cars structurally safer but they need to stop making and installing all of the various nanny’s that simply promote the likelihood that a given driver will never learn how to drive and respond in emergency situations.

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  3. Anonymous says:

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