Steane Klose | May 9, 2008

This one is a corker! According to Vägverket, the Swedish Road Administration, General Motors has used ten human cadavers for crash test research over the last year. While we applaud GM’s authentic approach in the quest for improved safety it is perhaps just a little macabre. It’s hard to imagine having a day job that involves strapping a chilled and lifeless human body into a car and then ‘investigating’ the post accident remains.

Vägverket suspect that the GM brand involved in the testing was Saab based on it being the most safety focussed brand in the GM lineup and pointed out that the cadavers were people “who donated their own bodies”.

The cadavers were used in experiments that are designed to improve the development of crash test dummies as well as more accurately investigate the injuries sustained by actual human bodies. A byproduct of the cadaver testing would be a lifetime of dinner party stories for the folks working in this particular department.

Saab and GM are yet to acknowledge these somewhat extraordinary claims.

[Source : The Local via Autoblog]

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