Crash Test Dummies Are Getting Fatter and Older to Look More Like Us


BestRide | Feb 14, 2017

Known officially as “anthropomorphic test devices,” crash test dummies have provided invaluable safety data since “Sierra Sam” — the first crash test dummy — was created in 1949.

For generations, though, crash test dummies looked like the perfect human specimen on the Center For Disease Control’s Body Mass Index chart: 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, ripped pecs and a 30-inch waist like the one you had in high school.

That’s not what the average American looks like today.

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