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What does I-CAR say about repairing damaged door intrusion beams?

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Per I-CAR curriculum: “Damaged door intrusion beams:

  • should not be straightened and must be replaced. Door intrusion beams are usually made of UHSS. Straightening damaged UHSS can cause the metal to be brittle and may not react as designed in a subsequent collision.
  • are typically only supplied with a replacement door shell.
  • may be attached to brackets. Damaged parts that attach to the door intrusion beam should not be straightened.”

"Intrusion beams are important to the occupant as they provide protection during a side-impact collision. Intrusion beams are typically made of UHSS. If the intrusion beams are damaged in any way, they must be replaced. There is no repair recommendations. Most require replacing the door shell."

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