European Crash Testing an Increasingly Weighty Matter
Reflecting the obesity epidemic sweeping our society, crash test dummies are porking-up. The Daily Mail reports that Euro NCAP, the organization responsible for crash test results in Europe, is introducing a 6'1" 224 lbs. crash test dummy. The heftier proto-human will accompany the current standard: a 5'9" 172 lbs. male (in the G.I. Joe sense of the word). Not wanting to appear sexist, Euro NCAP's also introducing a 4'11" 108 lbs. female to cover the lower end of the size scale. In the U.S., auto manufacturers abuse up to 18 different crash test dummies in a variety of children's and adult sizes, ranging from the aforementioned 108 lbs. female to a 6'3" 225 lbs. male. NHTSA uses five assorted children's dummies and two adult dummies: the 4'11" female and the 5'9" male. Just in case you were wondering.