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      11-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by scollins View Post
I'm still trying to figure out how popping the hood like that results in greater pedestrian safety? What, does it launch them up and over the car like an ejector seat or something??? I just don't get it...
The problems designers have is the distance between the bonnet and the mechanical parts underneath them. To ensure that the pedestrian does not hit the engine (and so on), there are laws dictating the distance that must be maintained and this would require clumsier bonnets (thus spoiling the lines), these catapults are just ways to get past that.