Crash Test Dummies 100 lbs Heavier

Crash test dummies, otherwise known as full-scale anthropomorphic test devices, which is a bit harder to say, like these ones at Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Development Center are supposed to represent “typical” Americans. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

In order to make them simulate realistic human beings, crash test dummies will be heavier.  A sad reflection on the obesity epidemic!

For years, standard dummies have been 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. But as CBS News reports, Humanetics, the leading maker of crash test dummies, will be making a heavier (by 100 pounds) and taller (by a few inches) dummy to better represent Americans.

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