Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How can a high-quality Chevrolet S10 bumper increase passenger safety from collision?
Answer: A Chevrolet S10 bumper that is compliant to the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can endure a 5-mph crash without significant damage to the front of the vehicle. In addition, a quality bumper can protect 16 to 20 inches of area above the road surface upon impact. This means that no other component of the vehicle must be damaged except the bumpers.
If a bumper got slightly damaged after a low-impact collision, would it still be legal to drive the vehicle with the bumper in that condition?
Answer: NHTSA regulations are very strict when it comes to bumpers. Generally, bumpers must be securely attached to the front of the vehicle and no part must be damaged or torn. If a slightly damaged bumper is still usable, it does not mean that driving the vehicle with that bumper on will not merit a ticket. A driver can be pulled over if the bumper seems to fall off or if it is protruding in a hazardous manner. What is allowable is driving with a bumper that is ninety percent functional. If the broken bumper makes the car not street-legal, then it must be definitely replaced.
When should a Chevrolet S10 bumper be replaced?
Answer: Replacing the front and rear bumper on a Chevrolet S10 is not necessary as long as these components still provide dependable collision protection. Also, the cost of replacement is a legitimate factor to remain using the bumpers despite having small dents and scratches. Although these defacements are unsightly, they are actually signs that the bumpers are doing their function--to protect the occupants from impact damage. Thus, bumper replacement should only be done when the bumpers have worn fasteners, which does not happen after a long time, or after surviving an impact that actually crushed the bumpers.