Video of the Day: When crash-test dummies were real people

In the 1980s, some tests were done with living volunteers

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A 'volunteer' winches as he serves as a crash-test dummy in the 1980s

This clip is from the television series Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in the mid-1980s and is narrated by host and actor Jack Palance.

The episode was about auto safety and the importance of wearing seat belts. 

“The first half featured the familiar footage of crash test dummies in the ultra slow-motion from American car crash tests done in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” the producers note. 

However, “This amazing clip shows the end of the segment where German crash tests used live human volunteers.” 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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