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A Long-Sought Change for Crash-Test Dummies

Swedes develop first one tailored to females

(Newser) - It wouldn't be accurate to say automakers and crash-test regulators have never considered women or women's anatomy. In fact, per a decade-old report from the Washington Post , the NHTSA started testing female crash dummies back in 2003. However, those "female" dummies were simply scaled-down versions of the...

Crash Test Dummies Are Male, and It's Killing Women

Op-ed in the 'Washington Post' argues that it's time to change the standards

(Newser) - The crash test dummies used by car manufacturers help keep us safe—though that "us" refers largely to the adult male population. In an op-ed for the Washington Post , Susan Molinari and Beth Brooke explain that when crash test dummies were standardized more than 40 years ago, those standards...

Crash-Test Dummies Don't Look the Way They Used To

They're getting fatter

(Newser) - Your average crash-test dummy, it seems, weighs 167 pounds. But a lot of Americans, as you might have noticed, weigh considerably more than that. That disparity raises safety issues rather than health issues, reports UPI , and there's a sobering statistic to back that up, as per CNN : "Obese...

Small Cars Don't Do So Well in Crash Tests

Mini Cooper Countryman gets 'good' rating; Nissan, Mazda, and Fiat models tank

(Newser) - Not that we'd ever want this to happen, but if you're going to get into a crash in a tiny car, you might want to be in a four-door Mini Cooper Countryman. That's the only small car out of 12 tested that earned a "good" rating...

And Now: Crash-Test Dummies for Dogs

Nonprofit center teams up with Subaru to run simulations

(Newser) - Given the big bucks at stake among pet-loving Americans, this story might be surprising only in that it hasn't happened sooner: The Center for Pet Safety in Virginia has created crash-test dummies in the form of dogs and has been working with Subaru on rolling out sanctioned safety belts...

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