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The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

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Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. The face of a crash test dummy looks eerily vacant. With indents instead of eyes, a pointy nose, and permanently pursed lips, it appears remarkably expressionless—especially considering it’s about to hurtle toward a stationary barrier at speeds as high as 40 mph. You might assume from its lack of distinguishing features that this crash test dummy is an avatar for all humanity. But despite those blank faces, most of the dummies used in automotive crash tests by the government and the insurance industry—the ones that determine whether a car...

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