WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After a 15-year career that included many bumps and bruises along the way, a General Motors crash test dummy will spend retirement in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The donation of 50H-1, a Hybrid III Anthropomorphic Test Device, or ATD, is part of a museum initiative to collect materials related to technological advancements in the auto industry to improve safety features. The ATD, the most used crash test dummy in full-vehicle U.S. automotive crash testing, will be part of a collection that also includes costumes and props from the Vince and Larry safety belt PSA campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council.
"GM's leading role in the development of crash test devices over the decades makes it fitting that one of our crash veterans become part of the Smithsonian's collections," said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Safety Policy, in a statement. "With all that we have learned from him over the years, it almost seems unfair to call 50H-1 a dummy."
Designed in the 1980s, 50H-1 has been used in more than 50 tests since 2007 alone to improve the safety of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and crossovers. It was among the first dummies used in rollover crash testing. GM said it also donated an ATD leg and instruments used for measuring crash forces, and an energy-absorbing steering column from a 1967 Chevrolet.
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