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As America gets older and heavier, so do its crash test dummies

Man, Vince and Larry got old!

After more than 40 years, researchers are designing new crash test dummies to reflect the fact that Americans are getting older and heavier.

US Army developing crash test dummy to measure shock waves

The US Army has commissioned a tech company to develop a new type of crash-test dummy that will better measure the forces exerted on soldiers by IEDs.

There'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.

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

Video: GM shows off how to make a crash test dummy

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Honeywell orphans crash test dummies

Honeywell International announced Wednesday that it will sell its First Technology Safety Systems unit, which provides integrated crash testing solutions (including an extended family of crash test dummies), to a European private investment group for $87.3 million.