1. What is the biggest difference between your receiver hitch products and the rest? Any fixed or "static" receiver hitch product will actually INCREASE your chances of whiplash by 22% if you're hit from the rear because there is just NO give.
2. Why Don’t You Make Them Longer…They were designed to protect your vehicle from the two most frequent vehicle accidents – getting hit while parked and the rear end collision. For rear end collisions, 94% occur on straight roads and most are DIRECT hits. The driver of the “bullet” vehicle does little to avoid the crash. Don’t confuse rear end collisions with backing accidents – backing accidents get the corners because you’re turning.
3. Crash Tested To 5 MPH – That’s Nothing! …These bumpers will take impacts in the 15 to 20 mph range – the first 5 mph you won’t even feel because of the compression system. Since 75% of all rear end collisions are less than 10 mph, removing 5 mph from the damage equation is HUGE because the acceleration of the occupant when hit from the rear is 2.5 times that of the bullet vehicle. If you’re hit at just 10 mph your body will accelerate to 25 mph. So for every 1 mph of crash energy you can absorb its 2.5 mph to the occupants. This “instant acceleration” is what makes women twice as likely to get injured in a rear end collision as a man.
4. Why Not Let The Receiver Hitch Take The Hit…The receiver hitch is bolted directly to the frame and will transfer all the crash energy directly to the occupants. Sometimes they are behind and slightly below the bumper so you have to hit the bumper and expensive sheet metal before you hit the receiver hitch. And the average pickup truck bumper will cost $1,692 to replace (in 2004 prices) and the average plastic bumper $450 to repair and $900 to replace.
5. Why Not Just Use A Ball Mount to Protect My Vehicle …Your ball mount is only 2” wide, absorbs no crash energy, just punches a hole in the bullet vehicle and it keeps on coming, is illegal in some states to drive around with when not pulling a trailer, will impale anything you accidentally back into, kills your shins, transfers all the impact energy directly to the occupants and actually increases your chance of whiplash by 22% - because it doesn’t absorb any crash energy. That’s true for any “fixed” or “static” receiver hitch product including pintle hitches, bike racks, cargo carriers, propellers, etc.
6. In A Rear End Collision The Other Guy Will Pay Anyway So Why Do I Need This …Over 15% of today’s drivers are uninsured and in states like California - it’s over 25%. They won’t pay for anything - and your insurance will go up an average of 40% if you have to make a claim.
7. I Was Told Bumpers Need To Crush For Occupant Protection … According to the Federal Bumper Standard, bumpers are there to protect the "safety" equipment - lights, tail lights, grill, radiator etc. from minor impact. They are not designed for "occupant protection". In fact, there are NO federal bumper standards for pickup trucks, SUVs or mini vans.
8. How Far Will It Stick Out ...The model 424 versions sticks out less than the typical ball mount – about 8” from the “face” of your receiver hitch. The Bumper Shields will stick out 4.5 Inches. If you can get your vehicle in your garage with your current ball mount then you will not have any trouble with this.
9. If I’m Just More Careful When I Drive And Avoid Sudden Stops I Won’t Get Hit In The Rear …For the rear end collision, 48% of the people who hit you are not decelerating - they're simply not paying attention. 80% of all accidents are caused by following too close (tailgaters), distracted, inattentive drivers and drivers with poor judgment. And, the most common vehicle accident is getting hit while parked - nothing to do with braking or backing.
10. My Backup Alarm / Camera Will Prevent This …Backup alarms and cameras won’t help when it comes to the two most frequent vehicle accidents – getting hit while parked and the rear end collision. And a bumper with a backup sensor will cost twice as much to fix as one without that technology.
11. Will These Bumpers Transfer All The Crash Energy To The Frame … No – not until the energy absorbers have done their job. When you add a receiver hitch to your vehicle you completely change the crash dynamics…Once the receiver hitch is hit (and there’s usually nothing in front of it to absorb any crash energy) you’re going to directly feel it because it’s bolted directly to the frame. Adding one of these bumpers will eliminate nearly 5 mph of the impact.
12. But Bumpers Don’t Line Up Anyway …65% of the vehicles on the highway today are passenger cars. Their bumpers are set between 16-20 inches off the ground by the Federal Bumper Standard. These vehicles will under-ride most pickup trucks and larger SUVs. Under-ride is the biggest problem with bumpers. Having something below the bumper will block the under-ride and the potential for a post collision vehicle fire.
13. Will They Bend The Frame When Hit …Auto manufactures don’t want any “global buckling of the frame” at speeds less than 35 mph so you don’t need to worry about bending the frame. The receiver hitch will bend long before the frame and that’s a good thing because receiver hitches are cheap compared to your bumper. And if the impact is greater than 10 mph the least of your worries is bending the frame.
14. Why don’t you add lights …adding additional lighting to the rear does not work for safety purposes because 48% of the people that hit you in the rear are not even slowing down. You could hang a neon sign back there and they’d still hit you. It took 13 years before the “3rd brake light” became standard equipment on all vehicles. Initially, they helped reduce rear end collisions but as people have become used to them, they have little to no effect – in fact the rear end collision is on the rise. Furthermore, the DRL’s (daytime running lights) have lost their effectiveness as well.
15. Why don’t you bend the corners like some of the other hitch steps …Our hitch steps need to crush 2.5 inches to absorb crash energy. If we were to bend the corners, the ends would hit your bumper or bumper cover defeating the whole purpose of protection. That’s why other bent hitch steps do not work for vehicle protection.