My 2month pregnant wife was rear-ended by a guy in a 2000 Chevy Cavalier..
there was about a 40mph speed difference in the vehicles at the time.. he
hit her so hard his airbags went off, and his engine compartment crumpled..
his vehicle had to be towed away.
And guess what.. the *ONLY*
damage to the back of our Rodeo was some of the
galvanize on the trailer hitch... neither the hitch, nor the ball mount was
damaged in any way. and his bumper folded all around the hitch and you can
tell where the outsides of his bumper had impacted my rear bumper.. a
couple of paint scuffs on the bumper, which wiped off with a damp rag...
Our insurance claims-adjuster was just astonished that there wasnt any
damage, but he still wants us to take it to a shop, just to verify the
hitch isnt bent somewhat.. but even if it is, he said that's a $35 fix..
so.. I'm sure glad she's drivin the Rodeo. :)
Oh, and the cavalier isnt exactly a light car.. the curb weight on that
vehicle is close to 2,600lbs (a 96 Jeep Cherokee by comparison is less than
1,800lbs curb weight)..
So it's a tuff little vehicle.. Always said I loved my Rodeo, and now the
wife can say it too..
(oh, and she had an ultrasound the next day to make sure the baby was
fine.. and it is.. Im gonna be a daddy soon!)