Commentary To show how far automotive safety has come, General Motors once crashed an old car into a wall. It was horrible to watch, not just because it destroyed an antique, vintage 1920s, but because the vehicle virtually collapsed on impact, looking like a horizontal version of the way New York’s twin towers disintegrated vertically. Cars of that era had front sections of sheet metal wrapped around wooden rib supports encasing the engine. It was more crashworthy than an egg ...

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