Fat Crash Test Dummies Now Used in Response to Growing Obesity Rates

One company is taking action in response to the USA’s obesity epidemic, but not quite in the way you might hope.

Humanetics, a Plymouth, Michigan-based company specializing in manufacturing crash-test dummies, is now developing alternate versions of their signature product — namely, by manufacturing a plus-sized crash test dummy. Or maybe the dummy would prefer the term big-boned.

The fat crash test dummy was designed to better represent the average weight of Americans, which is actually pretty frightening. ABC 13 reports that the obese dummy will weigh 273 pounds, with a body mass index (BMI) of 35, well above the BMI of 30 required to be classified as obese by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

“Obese people are 78 percent more likely to die in a crash,” said Humanetics CEO Chris O’ Connor. “The reason is the way we get fat. We get fat in our middle range. And we get out of position in a typical seat.”

According to the CDC, about a third of Americans are now classified as obese.