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They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

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Whenever I am talking to non-EMS folk about what it is I do for a living, the conversation inevitably turns to a question like “you must see some pretty bad car wrecks.” And my response is usually to say “You’d be surprised. Cars are really safe nowadays.” People seem to walk away from crashes that would have killed everyone and probably some bystanders 20 years ago.

Now, I can show them video. The International Institute for Highway Safety, in celebration of their 50th anniversary, crashed a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and the results are stunning.

I’ll take the 2009 any day.

Check out the video on the site. It’s pretty stunning.

Via Slashdot.

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Written by ben

September 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

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3 Responses to 'They don’t make ‘em like they used to.'

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  1. Pretty amazing how much has changed. People continue to call cars today “flimsy”…. Goes to show that weight doesn’t mean everything!

    medicthree

    5 Oct 09 at 2:19 am

  2. Cars today are flimsy, but for a purpose. They are designed with crush zones so that the vehicle sacrifices itself to save the passengers.

    IIHS used to be Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, maybe they changed the name.

    totwtytr

    20 Oct 09 at 7:26 am

  3. Hey there

    Great site. Happened on yours searching mediblogs since I just started my own. Well done. As for todays, who would have thought?

    I’ll be following

    storytellerdoc

    2 Dec 09 at 11:17 am

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