crumple zone


Definition of crumple zone

: a section of an automobile body designed to absorb the force of an impact in order to protect the passengers

Examples of crumple zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But cars started shrinking in the 1980s, and engine bays got smaller as crumple zones and underhood electronics competed with engines for space. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Straight From the Grave: An Iconic Engine Design Makes a Comeback," 21 Aug. 2018 The brace, then, provides both strength and a crumple zone, of sorts, for the new structure. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How Engineers Modernized the L.A. Memorial Coliseum," 15 Aug. 2019 In the years that followed, additional safety features were added, such as rear-facing child seats, collapsible steering columns, crumple zones and side collision protection. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Pleasanton man’s ’73 Volvo made in last model year," 12 Aug. 2019 Where passive safety systems like seat belts, air bags, and crumple zones mitigate crash damage, active safety systems work to avoid the collision in the first place. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too," 3 July 2019 The lack of a big engine let Musk’s engineers make the front of the car into an especially effective crumple zone. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too," 3 July 2019 Scooters don’t have crumple zones, air bags, or padding, so riders are exposed to everything around them. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 An energy-absorbing collapsible steering column, front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, and side-impact door beams add an extra layer of safety. star-telegram, "Toyota Camry Hybrid returns for 2018 with the same makeover as the Camry | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 The Sentra also comes with child-safe rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones; the Nissan Immobilizer and anti-theft alarm systems; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Nissan’s Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Crumple zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crumple zone

technical : the front part of a vehicle that is designed to bend easily in an accident so that the people inside are protected

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