It’s been more than 100 years since the first basic assembly line (created by Ransom Olds, not Henry Ford) started churning out automobiles in America.
Finally, this year, they have created a female version of the dummy for use in testing the safety of all brands of vehicles.
“In the past only male dummies were used and we know that obviously a lot of women are passengers or drivers in those cars,” said Roy LaHood, Secretary of Transportation.
Adrian Lund, from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, said, “Smaller people have their seats further forward — that tends to put their heads right in the middle of the window. There’s nothing between their heads and whatever is coming in from outside.”
While I’m happy to hear the news, I never fail to be amazed at the length of time it takes for attention to women – be it test dummies, earning power, or smart marketing – to catch up to the attention paid to men.
Here’s hoping that this new step will cause the death rate from auto accidents to decline even further than it has.