Nearly half of American drivers are women but the crash test dummies used to test whether cars are safe are modeled on men. Despite their blank faces and androgynous features, most dummies used in auto crash tests represent the so-called 50th percentile male. The dummy first standardized in the 1970s is 171 pounds and 5-foot-9 — though the average American…
Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan reports on the lack of female crash test dummies, an issue that has been prevalent since the 1970s.
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