Crash test dummies for cars are typically based on average male bodies, which could explain why women are 73% more likely to be injured in frontal road collisions. Researchers and engineers have just unveiled the SET 50F, the first car crash dummy modeled entirely on a female body. In Europe, safety assessments on new vehicles are done by the European New Car Assessment Program, a voluntary vehicle safety rating system. Of the five models it uses to represent adult car users, only one is intended to represent a small female but it is largely based on the male dummy that has been in use since the 1970s. The Swedish team behind SET5OF believe that crash testing vehicles with dummies that properly account for the female form could lead to development of safer seats and features for both men and women.

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