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102Aging, Obese Crash Test Dummies In Development To Replicate US Population

Obese people are 78 percent more likely to die in a crash

America's well-publicized weight problem and aging population of baby boomers is collaborating to bring about a change in the humble crash test dummy, as automakers and safety regulators are attempting to build vehicles even better suited to our changing population.

64Aging, obese crash test dummies in development to replicate US population

America's well-publicized weight problem and aging population of baby boomers is collaborating to bring about a change in the humble crash test dummy, as automakers and safety regulators are attempting to build vehicles even better suited to our changing population.

14What if crash test dummies are smarter and more feeling than we thought?

We take it for granted that crash test dummies – save the ones we saw in the short-lived 1990s cartoon series or the Canadian one-hit wonder – are inanimate, unfeeling and altogether without conscience. But what if they suddenly came to life?

13IIHS goes behind the scenes of its own frontal offset crash tests

It would be glib to say that safety equipment has had a huge influence on automobiles in the past 20 years. The result of cars being massively more safe than they were not long ago has made them bigger, heavier, more expensive, more challenging to develop, harder to fix and harder for emergency responders to deal with. That's just what it takes to try and keep people safe when they're wielding two-ton battle tanks in close quarters.

21GM is building a better crash-test dummy

Anyone can be an ordinary dummy, whereas being a good crash-test dummy takes work. A few things you probably didn't know: the official name for a crash-test dummy is "anthropomorphic test device" (ATD), General Motors "has a long history" designing ATDs, and the process is so specialized that there's even a Rear Impact Dummy Task Group.

17How government safety standards for car seats fail large children

Every parent does his or her best to keep their children safe. Car seats are a big part of that equation, and snapping our little cherubs into a five-point harness makes us feel like we've done our very best to care for our precious offspring. But are we really?

20How Ford made vehicles safer with a cadaver's help

Ford's inflatable seatbelt – Click above for high-res image gallery

13GM crash test dummy donated to Smithsonian after 15 years of whiplash

GM's H50-1 ATD in action – Click above for high-res image gallery

31New York '08 Preview: Ford featuring crash-tested Taurus

Click above to view high-res gallery of crash-tested Ford Taurus

6Automakers, suppliers team to seek virtual crash testing

Nine major automakers and two automotive suppliers have formed a group to look into and develop virtual crash tests that they say will be more realistic than violently smashing cars into immovable barriers.

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