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"Honda is the only manufacturer in this series of tests that earns at least some praise for bumpers," Lund says.

In the flat-barrier impacts, the Element's front and rear bumper systems kept damage away from the expensive-to-repair sheet metal body parts. There was some body damage in the angle-barrier and pole impacts, but it wasn't extensive. And Honda has taken steps to keep down the cost of repairing the damage that does occur in low-speed impacts. For example, the headlight mount broke in the angle-barrier test, but this didn't mean the whole headlight assembly had to be replaced. Honda designed the headlight so that, if it's damaged, it will be more likely to break in a particular place, and then the manufacturer makes a kit available to repair it. Another plus is that the Element's rear bumper system is mounted below the rear body panel, so if the bumper is driven toward the vehicle body in a low-speed impact it won't necessarily contact the rear panel. This reduces the likelihood of damage to the car body. Partly because of this design, the Element sustained far less damage ($594) than the other vehicles in the rear-into-pole test.
Sure, .. we're toast when it comes to side-impacts, but LOOKOUT in the parking lot! :D
 
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