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Car Safety Engineers are Male Chauvinists


Three researchers at the University of Virginia, who studied US crash data from 1998 to 2008 to determine the impact of a driver’s gender on their chance of being injured in a crash discovered the odds of a seatbelt-restrained female driver sustaining severe injuries were 47 per cent higher than those for a seatbelt-restrained male driver involved in a comparable crash. The higher risk factor for women was related to the position of head restraints in cars, which generally failed to account for the different size and strength of women's necks. Women are also more likely to sustain lower extremity injuries because of their shorter average height compared to men.

[Source: Car Advice]