- May 28, 2009
VIDEO: GM crash-test footage from the Sixties proves we've come a long way, baby
GM 1968 Crash Test Footage: Click above to view the video after the jump
Back in the Sixties, cars were huge. Some equated the size of their boats-on-wheels with safety, and even if their vehicle actually had seat belts, many didn't bother to use them. Fast forward to today, and we have three-point safety belts for all occupants, crumple zones, and air bags in just about every location possible. Yet some vehicles still only manage to score poorly in IIHS testing.
Beyond the jump is a video that proves just how safe cars are today when compared to some of their counterparts in 1968 (oddly, some of the footage looks older). The video is actually archival footage of some of General Motors' 1968 crash testing procedures. They didn't use cement barriers back then; just two cars hitting one another in every way imaginable. Watch in horror as cars and crash test dummies get mutilated in the name of science and safety. The poor dummies in this video rarely remain in the car post-crash, and one even looks like it got run over by the other car. Metal folds like cardboard, glass flies in slow motion, and one rear-ended vehicle burst into flames. It's amazing that anyone survived crashes 40 years ago. The video is definitely worth your time – especially if you're into carnage and dummy gore.
[Source: Web Rides TV]