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Ford Applies Patent for Underbody Crash Device

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Automotive manufacturers are investigating devices that prevent a car from riding under a taller-profile truck during a collision. One known device is a movable bumper for a truck. Typically, this bumper can be moved to a lower position on the truck for blocking a shorter-profile car. Also, the bumper typically is located in a forward-most or a rearward-most location on the truck. In this way, the taller and typically heavier truck does not ride over and intrude farther into the car.

One advantage of the invention is that an underbody crash device is provided that improves vehicle safety by preventing a vehicle from submerging under a taller-profile vehicle.

Another advantage of the invention is that an underbody crash device is provided that enhances vehicle safety by increasing the crash energy absorbed within a primary load path for a short-profile car during a car-to-truck collision.

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