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Re: Crash test - A4
On Fri, 5 Jan 1996, Bob D'Amato wrote:
> I beleive Mercedes and Volvo request the vehicles after an accident if
> there were fatalities. This true with Audi? Now thats how to learn!
Here is the story on how that is done in Europe (I'm not quite sure how
that is done here, although after I told my dealer about my '86 5K SCT
being in an accident they asked if I would release it to them, after the
insurance estimate was done (the car was totalled for sure).)
In Europe however, after a person reports an accident, the company is
notified by police and a special team is sent to the cite of the accident
to inspect the car first hand. Approximately 100 page report is filled out
about every little detail. After that two things can happen. If the car
is totalled, the manufacturer will ask you (or your insurance) to release
the car to
them for further testing and analysis. If the car is not totalled, the
manufacturer will ask you to release the car to them for one business day
during which the car will be examined before going to repair shop.
The idea was first implemented be Mercedes in 1960s when they realised
that energy absorbtion was the best way to save people inside the
vehicle. So they needed some real world data to design bodies that were
better at absorbtion. Since then there are more and more manufacturers
that have picked up and implemented this idea.
far as I know, this is done by most manufacturers in Europe - Volvo,
Mercedes, BMW, AUDI, Ferrary, Alfa R.... There are just few exceptions
and the one I know for sure is Opel.
And I absolutely agree that learning from the real world is the best way.