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DRIVE US FORWARD APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN SENATORS INTRODUCING THE “SHE DRIVES ACT” IN MASSIVE STEP FOR AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY AND GENDER EQUITY

May 10, 2024

Yesteday, Senators Fischer (R-NE), Duckworth (D-IL), Blackburn (R-TN),
and Murray (D-WA) announced the introduction of groundbreaking bipartisan legislation aimed
at creating gender equality in car safety standards. The bill, titled the She DRIVES (Develops Regulations in Vehicle Equality and Safety) Act, requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to incorporate the accurate female crash test dummy in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), including in the driver’s seat. Drive US Forward, as recently featured on Good Morning America, thanks the four Senators for their outstanding leadership and work to make cars safe for women.

How modern female crash test dummies could save lives

March 25, 2024

Women are more likely to be seriously injured in a crash and experts say crash test dummies designed with only the male body in mind could be part of the problem.

NHTSA Response to Ms. Kuhn and Cosigners

January 16, 2024

Dear Ms. Kuhn:

Thank you for your letter expressing concern regarding gender-based disparity in vehicle crash safety and the rulemaking to incorporate the advanced 5th percentile female crash test dummy (THOR-05F) in federal regulations. Your letter was forwarded to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for response. We appreciate this opportunity to provide information on NHTSA’s efforts to update its crash test dummies to the most technologically advanced models available.

Make Women Safer Behind the Wheel

December 20, 2023

I was struck like being blindsided by a car pulling out nowhere when I read an article in my alma mater’s magazine about the fact that U.S. auto crash-test standards are tailored to men’s bodies.

The piece talked about a female graduate, severely injured in a 2019 crash along with her mother in the back seat of a rental car while her father and brother were unharmed in the front seat, learning sometime later that crash-test dummies are based on an average man’s body. That body shape has led to decades of auto-safety design being based on how men are affected in crashes but not women.

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