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The First Modern Crash Test Dummy

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The First Modern Crash Test Dummy

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Originally developed in 1949, Sierra Sam is considered the grandfather of all modern crash test dummies. But he was more useful falling from a plane than being thrown from a car.

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They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Join us as we track the evolution of the crash test dummy, one spectacular car wreck at a time. We examine each member of the dummy family tree, from 1948's Thin Man, the grandfather of them all, to 1976's industry standard Hybrid III, to today's THOR, the $750,000 god of safety. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down.

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