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Crumple zone

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What is the crumple zone in a car?

A crumple zone is a safety feature on a car that is designed to absorb the energy from the impact during a crash, by allowing the metal to deform safely. Crumple zones are usually located at the front of the vehicle, in order to absorb the impact of a head-on collision, though they may be found on other parts of the vehicle as well.

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What is a car's safety cell?

A car’s safety cell is a passenger compartment built with high-strength materials, usually steel which has the strength to stay intact in the event of a crash.

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