Crash-Test Dummies Move To Smithsonian

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The crash-test dummies, promoters of auto safety for 25 years in public service ads, are headed to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is donating auto safety objects to the museum, along with General Motors and Volvo.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. You could learn a lot from a dummy, as Americans did in the '80s and '90s. That's when a couple of crash test dummies by the names of Vince and Larry urged us to buckle up in a series of public awareness commercials. Now Vince and Larry costumes will on display in the Smithsonian along with other items showing how far auto safety has come since the 1920s. A newfangled device called a seatbelt wasn't mandatory until the '60s.


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