Car Safety Catches Up To Women: The New Female Test Dummy

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.

In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the crash test dummy.

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.

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  1. I think it’s interesting that they never used a female crash dummy before now. I’m curious as to how much of a difference there will be between the male and female crash tests! Hopefully they will post the results sometime. And I wonder if there will be any adjustments made to seats or windows to accommodate the head/window dilemma you mention.

  2. Hmm, so does that mean all the previous safety data didn’t apply to women? Scary! Hardly feel safe driving now.Glad the change was finally made.

  3. Billy McCoy says:

    I’m sure the test dummies are based on weight and size. I would think the data provided is sufficient enough to get the results they are looking for. Regardless, if it helps out our ladies then do what needs to be done.

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