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Crash! Dummies Risk ‘Lives’ to Save Yours

Dummies are prepared for a car crash-test at the laboratory of the German motor club ADAC in Landsberg December 5, 2013. The ADAC has a crash test facility accredited by Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) where it runs various tests probing new cars for safety under different scenarios, pedestrian protection and other automotive tests. The results about the safety of popular car models are freely available to readers on ADAC web site. MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters

According to research by WardsAuto, in 2010 the number of cars in operation around the globe grew to more than 1 billion for the very first time. That many cars means a lot of accidents. Take a look at some of the daily activities of the dummies who work to keep you safe at the ADAC German motor club in Landsberg.

Image: A dummy is prepared for a car crash-test at the laboratory of the German motor club ADAC in Landsberg
A dummy is prepared for a car crash-test at the laboratory of the German Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club on Dec. 5. The ADAC has a crash test facility where it runs various tests probing new cars for safety under different scenarios, pedestrian protection and other automotive tests. MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters
Image: A dummy is prepared for a car crash-test at the laboratory of the German motor club ADAC in Landsberg
The adult dummies are approximately 5 foot 8 and weighted 172 lbs. Child-sized dummies are the size of an average 2-year-old human being. MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters
Image: A car is frontal-crashing during a test at the laboratory of the German motor club ADAC in Landsberg am Lech
This type of test represents the most frequent type of road crash, resulting in serious or fatal injury. It simulates one car having a frontal impact with another car of similar mass. MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters