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Desc:example of regulations made so toothless that they're mostly cosmetic
Category:Science & Technology, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:Trailers, trucks, car crashes, iihs
Submitted:SolRo
Date:07/31/14
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BorrowedSolution
Ooooo, that's what that piece of metal is doing on truck trailers. I always assumed it was a step to access the trailer and clearly that's all it's really good for, anyways.
dairyqueenlatifah
Fun fact: Jayne Mansfield, famous actress and one of the earliest Playboy Playmates, and her then boyfriend who was driving, were both decapitated and killed when the rear ended one of these trailers back in 1967, before they started putting these guards on them. The publicity from her death was a big contributor these things becoming standard.

Her daughter, Mariska Hargitay (the actress who plays Olivia Benson on Law and Order SVU) was three years old at the time, and was in the back seat when it happened. She only managed to survive because she was laying down in the back seat when they struck the trailer.

BorrowedSolution
So where does the fun come in?

Rodents of Unusual Size
I guess as an actress she was just not headed for stardom.


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Too soon?

duck&cover
Her career was cut short.

Robin Kestrel
I've heard these referred to as "Mansfield bars" for that reason.

Ocyrus
I hate trucks.
MaulLove
Goddamn, those tailgaters at :50 are even more terrifying in the context of this video.

Also hurray for Canada.
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