A manufacturer of crash-test dummies has upgraded its models to XXL size after it was found that obese drivers are almost 80 percent more likely to die in a car crash.
Humanetics says it is making bigger-boned dummies that are now based on a 273lb person. This equates to 124kg or 19.5 stones and a BMI index of 35.
Seat belts are designed for slimmer people and don’t fit those of a larger persuasion, Chris O’ Connor, CEO of Humanetics told ABC.
“Typically you want someone in a very tight position with their rear against the back of the seat and the seat belt tight to the pelvis,” he added.