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