Patent Number: 6,296,300

Title: Vehicle body structure

Abstract: A vehicle body structure provides an increased engine room collapsingstroke to increase energy absorption during a frontal or rear endcollision. Force applied to side members is transmitted efficiently to afloor structure by controlled deformation of first, second and thirdstructural portions of a impact redirecting and impact redirectingstructure which interconnects the floor and the side members. Occurrenceof bending deformation of the inboard end portions of the side members isattenuated to subject the front side member to collapsible compressionwhich increases the engine room collapsible stroke.

Inventors: Sato; Manabu (Yokohama, JP)


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Expiration Date: 10/02/2013