Author Archives: Smitty

2017 Honda Ridgeline Body Structure

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Body Structure uses a broad array of advanced materials, including ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel, aluminum and magnesium to further minimize weight while also enhancing rigidity and collision safety performance.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD Body Structure

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD has a unique reinforcement that firefighters need to be aware of. In the picture below, note the red reinforcement that runs from the rocker panel to the top of the B-pillar. This type of tubular shaped reinforcement, in the past, was typically found in convertible vehicles.

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2017 Buick Lacrosse Body Structure

The NHSTA and IIHS have tougher roof-crush standards that are met with thinner-section A-pillars that use patch-welded blanks where a super-stiff U-channel gets welded to a lighter-gauge material before it’s stamped into the rough shape of the A-pillar.

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