After more than 40 years, researchers are designing new crash test dummies to reflect the fact that Americans are getting older and heavier.
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.
Ford's inflatable seatbelt – Click above for high-res image gallery
GM's H50-1 ATD in action – Click above for high-res image gallery
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.