They don’t make ’em like they used to

I thought this was interesting. I found it on the auto page at

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air in near perfect condition and decided to crash it head on at 40 mph with a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu to illustrate what progress in safety had been made in 50 years of American car manufacturing.

Take a look. I took particular note of how fast the airbag in the 2009 Malibu deployed. The driver never sniffed the steering wheel, much less the windshield.

As for the driver of the Bel-Air, well, he didn’t hit the windshield either. But that’s because he had a steering column coming through the back of his spine.

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