Crash dummies have long been used as a substitute for people in simulated accidents. Because their main purpose is to determine what would happen to a person in the same situation, these dummies must move like real people and be constructed like real people, and that includes their weight and overall size. So, it only makes sense that, with the nation getting heavier and heavier, the average crash dummy has been packing on the pounds too.
The first obese crash dummy was recently developed by a Michigan company known as Humanetics. The company’s dummy, which hasn’t been released for general use to the testing agencies yet, weighs almost 300 pounds, over a hundred pounds more than the standard dummies of the past.
While it’s sad to have to create such a large dummy to simulate people, there’s a need for it. A
It’s not just the researchers at Humanetics who are interested in how weight and car accidents/car safety relate. Recently, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley compared accident fatality statistics for both obese and non-obese accident victims and found that obese drivers had a 78% higher chance of dying in a car accident than their non-obese counterparts.