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They are systems designed to absorb impact on the front and rear of vehicles and minimize low-speed collision damage. Car bumpers are pieces equipped with protruding protections in plastic or metal, called bumper covers, which surround the materials that make it up and absorb the energy of the impact.
Today, as standard, they have a rigid reinforcement bar under the outer cover, with sections of compressible foam or plastic.
History and evolution of the car bumper
From their first appearances as decoration on early vehicles in the late 1800s, car bumpers have come a long way, thanks to technological advancements and safety-focused vehicle manufacturing. Although today’s bumpers are very effective, be aware that bumper protection has declined a lot from the 1980s to today.
Car bumpers used to contain more shock-absorbing material, but vehicle manufacturers have lobbied for lighter designs and to reduce anything that affects engine efficiency in terms of fuel consumption. Style was also a decisive factor: many bumpers protruded beyond all other parts of the car, giving a not very harmonious aesthetic. Today’s vehicles do not need protruding bumpers, but they are still very safe.
Types of car bumpers
Again, the main purpose of a car bumper is to protect your vehicle. However, the damage can come in many forms. For example, if you drive a lot off-road for fun, you want a bumper designed for off-road travel.
Likewise, if you are traveling long distances and need protection against other vehicles, it is important to select the appropriate design. Some Silux bumpers offer special features such as heavy-duty tow hooks.