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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.

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

CarPool 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