Crash test dummies are being remodeled to represent the most common drivers and passengers. Essentially, they are gaining weight, just like many ordinary citizens who are struggling with their weight. But when it comes to crash test dummies, what designers may learn in terms of keeping larger drivers (and passengers) safe is crucial.
According to a recent ABC News.com report, Humanetics, the only U.S. provider of crash test models, will begin providing figures that are patterned after a 270 pound person with a body mass index of 35. Before this, crash test dummies were patterned after people who were 167 pounds.