In 2009, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) helped to demonstrate CAPA’s new CAPA 501 Bumper Standard by crash testing two 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups.  One pickup was fitted with an aftermarket bumper that meets the material, dimensional, strength, and vehicle fit requirements of CAPA’s standard.  The pickup was crashed in a 5 mph full frontal test, plus a 40 mph offset frontal test, and then compared the performance with the same model fitted with a Dodge bumper. Results for both of the pickups were nearly identical. The low-speed damage estimate came to $1,120 for each pickup. Likewise, in the high-speed test both models had similar crashworthiness measures.  “This is what we expected,” says Adrian Lund, the Institute’s president. “It shows that aftermarket parts can be reverse engineered without compromising safety. An aftermarket bumper that meets CAPA’s new standard should perform as well as the original.”

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