• No Recovery, No Fee
  • Free Consultations
  • Home & Hospital Visits Available
Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Local: 734-274-2876

Hire A Real Attorney, Not A TV Personality

We know our way around a courtroom and we get the results our clients need.
View Our Practice Areas

Do car designs put women at greater risk of injury in a crash?

For decades, the vast majority of Detroit auto industry executives and engineers were male. During that time there may have also been more male drivers. But obviously times have changed. Despite this change, until recently auto crash tests still made exclusive use of crash test dummies that replicated full sized men. The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) did not begin using dummies that more accurately replicated a female car occupant until 2003.

Studies have shown that the average woman's body type makes them more susceptible to injuries in a car accident. The newest NHTSA crash test ratings now provide a separate score for women and for men. In many cases, cars that receive a high score for men receive a much lower score for women. Hopefully the highlighting of this disparity will prompt car manufacturers to design new cars in a way that is just as safe for women as it is for men.

Unfortunately, some of the tests provide crash test data only for a female as a passenger, not as a driver. The scores do provide data for a female driver involved in a side impact. This may be the accident type in which the difference in average body types is most likely to require a reconfiguration of safety precautions. Because an average woman is shorter, her car seat is likelier to be moved forward positioning her head directly in the middle of the side window in a side impact. To make an average sized woman safer the airbags may need to be redesigned to compensate for this variation.

Source: ABC News, "Female Crash Dummies Injured More: What Car Should Women Buy?" Alan Farnham, March 29, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
    View More results
  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    View More results
  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A FREE Consultation

Tell us about your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

2 convenient office locations free initial consultations

Ypsilanti Office:
119 North Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Phone: 734-482-5000
Fax: 734-487-7000
Ypsilanti Law Office Map

Ypsilanti Office:

Jackson Office:
410 South Jackson Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Phone: 517-787-9000
Fax: 734-487-7000
Jackson Law Office Map

Handling legal
crises throughout
all of Michigan,
especially Ann
Arbor and
Ypsilanti areas.