Hybrid III 5th Percentile Female

The purpose of this project has been to evaluate the Hybrid III fifth percentile small adult female dummy (HIII-5F) for its sufficiency as a test device for incorporation into Part 572 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). To accomplish this goal, the dummy has been subjected to various tests environments, including component tests, out-of-position (OOP) tests, and sled tests, and its responses were evaluated for repeatability and reproducibility. Also included in the scope of this project were:
  • Development of the user’s manual, also known as the Procedures for Assembly, Disassembly, and Inspection (PADI)
  • Evaluation and amendment of the drawing package
  • Assessment of the calibration procedures and requirements
  • Prepare documentation necessary to support the dummy’s incorporation into Part 572.

The evaluation has concluded that the HIII-5F is a capable and repeatable test device and as a result, the dummy is presently being incorporated into Part 572, Subpart O.

  • Rhule, D.A., Pritz, H.B., “An Evaluation of Neck and Head Skin Modifications for the Hybrid III Small Female,” NHTSA Docket No. 1998-4283-1, Aug. 1998.
  • Rhule, D.A., Backaitis, S., “Development and Evaluation of the Hybrid III Fifth Percentile Female Crash Test Dummy,” NHTSA Docket No. 1998-4283-6, Sept. 1998.
  • Rhule, D.A., “Impact Loading to the Chin of the Hybrid III Small Female Dummy Head and Neck System,” NHTSA Docket No. 2000-6940-10, Sept. 2000.
  • Saul, R. A., Pritz, H. B., McFadden, J., Backaitis, S. H., Hallenbeck, H., and Rhule, D.; "Description and Performance of the Hybrid III 3 Year Old, 6 Year Old, and Small Female Test Dummies in Restraint System and Out-Of-Position Air Bag Environments", Sixteenth International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (Paper No. 98-S7-O-01)