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University making huge strides in vehicle safety

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There's not many things scarier then getting into a car accident with your child in the vehicle.
   
Engineers at Kettering University in Flint are making sure everything is being done to keep children safe in those terrifying situations.        

They're even rewriting the book on how collision tests should be conducted.

The new QS3 is the only child side impact dummy. It's state of the art for children's crash test dummies and the university has one of only four in North America. Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari's the director of the crash safety center. She says all crash test dummies are not created equal.

"Crash test dummies are designed for the type of impact they're going to be in. So most of the crash test dummies you know of or are familiar with are frontal impact dummies. So all the measurements are for the front," says Brelin-Fornari.

The newest family member of the dummy family looks at things from a smaller more side view.

The research that's done at the Kettering crash test center is really cutting edge. Whether they're studying head on collisions or side impacts. And the data that they gather is responsible for many industry standards.

Brelin-Fornari says Kettering's main goal is to help move industry forward for the safety of children and to build better child seats. And maybe one less thing for parents to worry about in the car. 

Brelin-Fornari says they've found increased seat belt use from the students who've been involved with the crash safety center.

Above is the video from a package by TV5's Erik Horn. Below the content of the video has been transcribed. 

The new QS3 is the only child side impact dummy. It's the first one to be created.

It's state of the art for children's crash test dummies and Kettering University in Flint has one of only four in North America. Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari's the director of the crash safety center. She says all crash test dummies are not created equal.

Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, Director, crash safety center, Kettering University

"Crash test dummies are designed for the type of impact they're going to be in. So most of the crash test dummies you know of or are familiar with are frontal impact dummies. So all the measurements are for the front."

the newest family member of the dummy family looks at things from a smaller more side view.

Our little q guy, he has special ribs and special measurements within the ribs to know that we'll be protecting the thorax or what is the risk of injury to the thorax in a side impact collision. Nothing is that small right now.

The research that's done here at the Kettering crash test center is really cutting edge. Whether they're studying head on collisions or side impacts. And the data that they gather here is responsible for many industry standards.

Dr. Robert McMahan, President, Kettering University

"Some of the nation's standards for crash safety have been developed. In fact their crash safety seat standards that have the Kettering name. They're the Kettering test. "

Whatever you call the tests, the director says their main goal is to help move industry forward for the safety of children and to build better child seats. 

And maybe one less thing for parents to worry about in the car. In Flint, Erik Horn WNEM TV5.

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