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    Report: Aging, 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. "Obese people are 78 percent ...

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    Video: What 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? That's the premise of a short film called ...

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    Video: IIHS 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 ...

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    Video: GM 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 ...

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    Video: Behind the scenes with Mr. Johansson, the Saab crash test dummy

    Being a crash test dummy is hard work. You get placed in a vehicle that's smashed into walls, T-boned by battering rams, jolted around and flipped upside down. All in the name of safety, making our cars a more secure environment to transport ourselves, our friends and our families. And it's ...

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    How 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? If you assume there's strict ...

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    How Ford made vehicles safer with a cadaver's help

    Ford's inflatable seatbelt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While we're all accustomed to seeing crash test vehicles packed with loveable dummies, the truth is that manufacturers can't always rely on high-tech mannequins to get the information they need. Sometimes, they have to ...

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    GM 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
    General Motors has made an unusual donation to the Smithsonian: a crash test dummy. Well, not just any crash test dummy. The company handed over its H50-1 anthromorphic testing device, or ATD, to the museum to help catalog ...

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

    Click above to view high-res gallery of crash-tested Ford TaurusFord has been very quiet about what it will have onstage at the New York Auto Show tomorrow, but one vehicle we do know that will be under the lights is the Ford Taurus. While there will certainly be a number of Taurus models waxed, ...

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    Automakers, 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.DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Toyota joined ...


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