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The Physics of Seat Belts

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The Physics of Seat Belts

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Until 1966, car seat belts only crossed over a passenger's lap. All that changed when a VIP dummy got behind the wheel and into the history books.

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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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