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Preparing for a Crash Test

by Paul Strauss

We always assumed that crash testing vehicles involved just strapping a crash test dummy in the front seat, connecting the car to a winch, smashing it into a barrier, then inspecting the wreckage and viewing what the dummy’s sensors recorded. But it turns out there are numerous time-consuming tasks required for the preparation of cars for proper crash testing. In this short video clip, we see all of the work and preparation that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) goes through each time it crash tests a car.

It does make you wonder if any of the minor modifications made to the vehicle for tests affect safety data in any way though.

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