Hybrid III

The first family of crash test dummies

Announcement / Release
around 1976
Birth Place
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America


Hybrid III, the 50th percentile male dummy, made its first appearance in 1976. Hybrid is the most recognized familiar crash test dummy, and it now encompasses a family. The base model occupies the driver's seat in all the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 65 km/h (40 mph) offset frontal crash tests. He is joined by a "big brother", the 95th percentile Hybrid III, at 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) and 100 kg (223 lb). Ms. Hybrid III is a 5th percentile female dummy, at a diminutive 152 cm (5 ft) tall and 50 kg (110 lb). The three Hybrid III child dummies represent a ten-year-old, 21 kg (47 lb) six-year-old, and a 15 kg (33 lb) three-year-old. The child models are very recent additions to the crash test dummy family; because so little hard data are available on the effects of accidents on children, and such data are very difficult to obtain, these models are based in large part on estimates and approximations. The primary benefit provided by the Hybrid III is improved neck response in forward flexion and head rotation that better simulates the human.

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