As Americans get fatter, so do crash-test dummies

November 2, 2014 9:00 PM

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As Americans get fatter, so do crash-test dummies

The leading maker of crash-test dummies has designed a new model that mirrors Americans' wider waistlines. The obese dummy weighs 271 pounds, Humanetics chief executive Christopher O'Connor told Crash Test Technology International in a recent interview. By comparison, traditional crash-test dummies weigh 167 pounds.

A safety motivation was the driving factor behind the new model, which was introduced in a prototype in August, O'Connor said.

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