Group Warns on SUV-Car Bumper Alignment

To this, I say duh. My Mercury Sable was totaled by a Jeep Wrangler in a low-speed crash, and my poor Cirrus was done $3,000 worth of damage in a low-speed crash with a Ford SUV (which came out undamaged).

It’s nice that somebody is finally calling attention to the fact that SUV and car bumpers do not line up, and that is a BIG PROBLEM. Kudos to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for finally noticing.

Car bumpers are required by federal standards to extend from 16 to 20 inches from the ground. SUV bumpers have no standard whatsoever. Come on, let’s be consistent about it! Unless you can certify that your particular SUV or truck will be used for Farm Use or that it will not be used for general road transportation, the bumpers should have to follow the same standard as other on-road passenger vehicles.

  • Group Warns on SUV-Car Bumper Alignment (AP via

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.