Word forms: (regular plural) crush zones
noun (Automotive engineering: Vehicle components, Bodywork, controls, and accessories) The crush zone is the part of a vehicle's bodywork that is designed to absorb the energy in a crash, reducing the amount that is felt by passengers inside the vehicle.
SIMILAR WORDS: crumple zone ⇒ SUVs have less of a front-end crush zone to absorb impact, causing the air bags to deploy with more force. ⇒ When a fuel tank is located within a vehicle's crush zone, it is very likely that the tank will rupture during an impact. ⇒ A longer crush zone at the front of the vehicle will absorb the impact in a collision and lowers the likelihood of damage to the occupant compartment.
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