Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History

Engineer Jem Stansfield investigates how the Crash Test Dummy has become an icon for safety evolving from a simple military mannequin into a highly sophisticated measuring tool.

Jem meets a whole range of dummies, from the past, present and future at crash laboratories in Sweden, the UK and US to discover how their evolution has mirrored car safety improvements.  This is an affectionate look at a unique feat of engineering which makes you laugh, gasp and wince all at once!

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC Four

TX Date: August 2013

Format: 1 x 60


all3media / Smithsonian

Executive Producer(s):

Nick Catliff


Jem Stansfield