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That preserves the overall shape of the bumper cover while on the car. The actual bumper is a steel beam underneath all that, and will not exactly follow the contour of the cover.

My 2002 Civic's bumpers are the same. :D
 

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It's all part of the 5 mph bumpers....most cars I know of have this in the rear end. Come to think of it, it must be a federal regulation of some kind. Before the molded rear bumpers came around, even the solid rear bumpers on most cars had to have those shock assemblies to absorb energy.
 
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