October 31, 2014

Current Models Unrepresentative

1 Coming Soon: Obese Crash-Test Dummies

To the countless elements of American society that are being upsized to reflect our national weight gain, now add: crash test dummies. Humanetics, the leading manufacturer of the dummies used to measure the impact on human bodies of vehicle collisions, has been supplying the same basic model since the 1980s, weighing 170 pounds, which the Humanetics CEO calls "not representative of the population." The new dummies weigh 273 pounds and have a BMI of 35. And the added weight has been primarily distributed where it builds up in humans: the buttocks, thighs and waistline. Statistically, obese individuals are 78 percent more likely to die in vehicle collisions than normal-weight motorists, and the XXL dummies will help design safer interiors and restraints for their human counterparts.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Obese People More Likely to Die in Car Crashes

Tags: Obese Crash Test Dummies, Auto Safety, Obesity and Auto Safety, Obese People in Car Crashes, Crash Test Dummies Design

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