OMG: Crash Test Dummies Are Getting Chunkier

Crash test dummies are now changing to match the real structure of typical Americans. 

Test dummies used to weigh 170 pounds, but Virginia's New Humanetecs company is producing a heavier crash dummy that weighs in at 273 pounds. The company says offering a fatter dummy will help support the auto industry in their safety design efforts. 

The School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley reports 78% of obese drivers are more likely to be killed in a car crash than those of normal weight. 

The dummies are also getting "older" for research purposes too. They have created a dummy that reflects the body of an elderly woman. 

Source: Daily Mail

 

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