Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 6 - Think and Explain: 53

Answer

If the auto crumples on impact, it allows more time for reducing the momentum of the car (and its occupants) to zero. This reduces the average force applied to the occupants.
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