Car safety researchers using ‘pregnant’ crash-test dummy to protect mothers and unborn
Responding to an increasing number of women who continue to drive late in their pregnancies, car manufacturers are researching safety devices to help protect expecting mothers. The research includes a crash test dummy of a pregnant woman named MAMA 2B.
Researcher Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech told USA Today that although states are not required to report fetal deaths in accident data, between 300 and 1,000 unborn babies die in car accidents each year. This accident fatality rate is about four times the rate for victims between infancy and four years old.
Ford Motor is funding the research on fetal accident deaths at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.