What is a truck bumper?
A truck bumper is a structure attached to front and rear of a vehicle or truck, and was invented by a British mechanical engineer Frederick Richard Simms in 1901. Initial the bumper was designed mainly for cars, however in 1967 the NHTSA regulated the instalment of a rear bumper on trucks after the death if Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield in a motor vehicle/truck accident. The bumper is usually made of a plastic mould which consists of a steel re-enforcement bar underneath. However not all bumpers are designed the same as truck come in various shapes and sizes, and each bumper is designed to fit the shape of the truck. Premium Front Bumper
What is the purpose of a truck bumper?
The main purpose of a bumper, front and rear, is to absorb the energy of a low collision impact. This does not apply to high collision impacts. The purpose however of a truck bumper is not only to absorb energy in a low collision impact, but also to prevent underride collisions with smaller vehicles. Truck bumpers, especially for large scale trucks, require the bumpers to be at least 22 inches from the ground. Black Steel Front Bumper
After 1967, although it was a requirement for trucks to have both front and rear bumpers, there was no regulation for the maintenance of this bumpers, especially after the bumper was dammed. However, in 1996 regulations were placed for regular maintenance of the truck bumper, and more so recently in 2015.
If you are a truck owner, it is crucial to ensure that your front and rear truck bumpers are regularly maintained and replaced if required. If the truck bumpers are not maintained this can cause a safety hazard, as there are close to 500 people who die due underride collisions annually in the united states. Black Steel Rear Bumper