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Small Nylon pins in the inner column (the part the connects to the rag joint, not the hollow tube) break upon impact alloing it to slide into itself, hopefully. The outer tube is perferated where the plastic sleeve is about 1/2 way up the tube. This collapes also. At least this is how a 70 column works. Not sure when this we first mandated by Gov.

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Yes in general terms they work as designed. You still get some "nice" dmage from hitting the steering wheel and the center of the column

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On certain other makes, the steering tube has a section that looks like wire mesh that collapses and the steering shaft telescopes. On other models and years the whole column telescopes.

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Anybody know when these started going in? I read someone on here say that the 67's have them, but I thought I also read that all the safety stuff started in 68? Like to know if I'm going to get speared or just bruised

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