NHTSA Introduces Cutest Crash Test Dummy Ever

Remember the NHTSA crash-test dummies Vince and Larry from those 1990s TV commercials? Well, they’ve apparently adopted. Their child is Q3, a new crash test dummy representing a three-year-old in size, weight and flexibility, if not in temperament. Q3 was specifically designed for testing child seats in side impacts.

“This advanced dummy will provide more realistic data about seats in side-impact crashes,” NHTSA said in a statement.

The announcement came during last week’s Child Passenger Safety Week. So along with Q3, NHTSA also announced that it was proposing numerous upgrades to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213 “Frontal Impact Tests for Child Restraint Systems” to make testing more representative of real-world child seat use in modern vehicles, including proposing to require that labels on child seats encourage that young children remain in rear-facing child seats until they outgrow the seat’s rear-facing height and weight limits. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking also seeks comment on providing flexibilities for child seat labeling requirements that could better inform the public on correctly using child restraint systems and allowing additional means for parents and caregivers to register their child seats to receive recall information. Click here to view the notice.

“Every child’s life is precious, and the Department’s work will save young lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Perhaps most impressive of all, Q3 never once asked if we were there yet.

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