23: Impact Bumpers
Do you remember seeing those gray bumper inserts during the ’80s? Well, there was actually a good reason for that. Safety regulations around this period pushed automakers to get creative. One such method was to add an impact bumper onto the front and rear of the vehicle. The problem with impact bumpers is that no matter what you did, the design still looked tacky.
Automakers came up with several solutions. Chrysler was notable for creating crumple zones on the sides of their minivans. Crumple zones became the norm for the industry and impact bumpers were replaced during the ’90s. Thank goodness too, because they would be hideous on today’s vehicle designs.