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31There's a reason all crash test dummies were male until last year

Last year, government regulators made female crash test dummies a mandatory part of crash evaluations for the first time in collision evaluation history. Until then, manufacturers had been content to use dummies patterned after the average American male.

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

26CarPool Kenny eases you into HOV lane the illegal way

We're surprised that this gag can be retailed without disclaimers. CarPool Kenny is an inflatable head and torso that is marketed on the premise that you can cruise the carpool lane in passengerless peace, your inflatable pal offering impunity. People have tried this, and many have had their ruse detected. When you do eventually get hooked by the long arm of the law, it's going cost a lot more than this $20 useless hunk of plastic. Think hundreds.

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