Washington, D.C. – A significant collection of objects related to 75 years of advancements in auto safety will be donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The items are being donated by eight individuals, organizations and companies, including the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), General Motors and Volvo.

The collection documents technological advancements made in the auto industry to improve safety features and cars, as well as the success of NHTSA’s “Vince and Larry” public service announcements for seat belts and child seats.

The donation includes costumes and props from the Vince and Larry campaign, a GM Hybrid III crash-test dummy, three-point safety belt and seat from a 1961 Volvo, safety literature from the American Automobile Association, three ignition interlock breath analyzers, an energy-absorbing steering column from a 1967 Chevrolet, a Hybrid II crash-test dummy from Denton ATD, and a padded dashboard invented by a plastic surgeon.

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