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Truck Grills Can Be Dangerous In Accidents

Posted September 1, 2004 at 5:02 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-- Pickup trucks have long been a favorite among many a Southern driver. Customizing these vehicles with accessories has become very popular in many circles. One accessory gaining popularity are grill guards, and people buy them for all kinds of different reasons. Mike Ashford of Central Chevrolet in Jonesboro says,"They're a part of our culture around here, people use them for work, recreation and for looks."

Truck grills can be bad news if they slam into a car, according to insurance institute for highway safety. One can imagine how all of that metal coming in at head-height could be devastating for a car passenger. The bar concentrates and magnifies the force of the collision into a smaller area. The risks aren't just limited to car passengers. During an accident metal guards can cause airbag sensors on trucks to delay, at which point it's too late for the air bag to provide maximum protection. Many European countries are set to ban the guards all together.

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