As the 2011 models begin to roll into car dealerships, we're starting to hear about how all of them are performing in their crash testing. Last week, video of the new BMW 5-Series leaked online, and a couple of weeks before that, GM decided to donate one of their old dummies to the Smithsonian. If you're unfamiliar with the world of crash testing, all you need to know is that the current model arrived in 1976 when GM finally designed a multi-layered dummy that could closely simulate the effects of a crash on a human—after years of testing on cadavers, animals, and even some living human volunteers. Even though their role in car development is crucial, the only crash test dummies most people know are Vince and Larry, the ones from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's commercials. Drawing a blank? Keep reading and check out the five moments in crash test dummy history you've probably purposely forgotten...

Vince and Larry Safety PSAs Hit the Small Screen
YEAR: 1985
• Teaming up with the Ad Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the Safety Belt Education campaign and launched the famous tagline: "You can learn a lot from a dummy...Buckle your safety belt!" These spots ran until 1999, when the NHTSA figured they needed to send a more serious message about seat belt safety. However, since the introduction of Vince and Larry, the two "spokesdummies," seat-belt usage jumped from 14% to 79%.

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Canadian folk-rock group Crash Test Dummies forms.
YEAR: 1988
• Aight, this isn't exactly a "great" moment, but the fact that a horrible Canadian rock group would call themselves Crash Test Dummies speaks to how weirdly popular Vince and Larry were.

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Tyco Introduces Vince and Larry Action Figures.
YEAR: 1991
• Vince and Larry got so popular that Tyco built a line of action figures around the duo, with each one able to disassemble with the press of a button. After a while, three major networks started banning the NHTSA commercials, thinking they were doing nothing more than promoting these toys. In response, Tyco renamed ("Slick" and "Spin") and redesigned the toys, and built them some friends to boot. Two dummies don't stop no show!

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The Crash Test Dummies For Some Reason Get a Video Game
YEAR: 1993
• Awarded the "Strangest License of 1992" by Electronic Gaming Monthly, the side-scrolling game was ported to almost every system. Though that doesn't mean anyone bought it.

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Crash Test Dummies Revolt in the Far Side
YEAR: 1995
• With their popularity waning in the mid-to-late '90s, the Crash Test Dummies were paid the ultimate homage when they were made into a Far Side cartoon. That was cool and all, but we're waiting for Waka Flocka or OJ to get a Crash Test Dummy chain.

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