Fragile Plastic

Fragile plastic used in modern cars keeps weight down contributing to better mileage ratings.

Fragile plastic used in modern cars keeps weight down and working with improved automotive engines conforms to new US government mileage and environmental standards.

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Fragile plastic used in modern cars keeps weight down and working with improved automotive engines conforms vehicles to evolving new US government mileage and environmental standards.

As my picture shows, the automotive plastic front for this minivan literally disintegrated on the accidented right side while what’s left just hangs loose meanwhile, the metal fender crumpled after absorbing the impact of the accident.

Most everything made from plastic used in our cars and trucks is fragile although quite resilient to most abuse however, after about a decade this plastic tends to degrade and is even more fragile because of sun aging during those years.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRAGILE”.

5 responses

  1. Yeah, I wish we had steel cars. They could put a fuel efficient engine in them. Maybe, they could put memory foam or something in the chassis as well to absorb the impact of crashes.

    1. There is unfortunately a limit on how far steel can be used and still help to conform the car with the ever evolving US mileage and emissions standards.
      We also know that the internal combustion engine cannot ever be made more efficient than it is now this is fact. Other materials including plastics are useful and cost efficient to make up for the engine’s shortfall. Thank you for commenting!

  2. Plastic things are very fragile indeed. Once they are shattered, can’t be repaired.

    1. It’s part of the “planned obsolescence” program built into the vehicles by the manufacturers. Nothing personal here, it’s only business(profits) you understand!

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