Humanetics compels Crash Test Dummies to gain weigh in order to look like obese Americans. The Michigan based company believes that these kinds of dummies will more appropriately represent the huge Americans.
Humanetics has been producing car crash dummies since a long time. Unfortunately, the company has not modified the model of these dummies since 1950s. It seems like now the firm is all set to redesign the entire prototype of car crash dummies.
The company took the decision of revamping shortly after the release of a survey report. A recent researcher unveils that nearly 80 percent of American drivers are overweight.
Earlier, producers used to make dummies of around 168 pounds along with a perfect BMI. The older air bags, seat belts and other security features were not suitable for overweight people.
Nonetheless, the new dummies would be sculpted approximately 275 pounds with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 35. According to the report of Center of Disease Control and Prevention, the 35 BMI is considered as an obesity disease in humans.
Chris O Conner, CEO of Humantics informed that almost 78 people who suffered from obesity died in car crash. Therefore, they designed dummies of middle range which would be extremely different from the conventional seat.
The experts of Erie Medical Center examine the data of car crashes of the United States in 2010. The study uncovers that more than 150,000 drivers who faced car crashes were relatively fat.