US Senator Wants Safety Programs To Use Female Crash Test Dummies

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced he introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the federal government’s vehicle safety testing practices, specifically around crash test dummies. The Furthering Advanced and Inclusive Research for Crash Tests Act (FAIR Crash Tests Act), which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), would order a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of federal vehicle safety tests. The tests fail to use crash test dummies that are representative of women, especially in the driver’s seat, even though research suggests that women have a higher likelihood of being killed or significantly injured in a car crash.