PLYMOUTH, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc., the global leader in the development of biofidelic crash test dummies, honored Liam Waldron, a six-year-old Cancer survivor at Humanetics headquarters Wednesday. Jason Beudert, the co-founder of A Special Wish Foundation, contacted Humanetics with a call for help. After losing part of his leg to a rare form of Cancer, Liam’s only wish was to visit a crash test dummy facility and to see an actual crash test. Humanetics received the call and was delighted to partner with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, LLC (FCA) to make Liam’s wish become a reality.
Liam’s special day started at 8:00 AM after a short welcome by Humanetics President & CEO, Christopher J. O’Connor. Liam’s personalized tour of Humanetics included a tour of the Finite Element Modeling division, the Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) Engineering department, the ATD Calibration and Instrumentation Lab and Manufacturing assembly, where Liam was able to see two demos, a pendulum test and the assembly of a crash test dummy. After the tour was complete, Liam was honored by Christopher O’Connor and enjoyed a special surprise visit by the original Vince & Larry, the crash test dummies popularized by the historic TV commercials that featured the, “You could learn a lot from a dummy; buckle your safety belt” campaign. In addition, many Humanetics’ employees presented Liam with gifts, memorabilia, cake and most importantly, lots of love.
In 2014, Liam was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) just shy of his 5th birthday. Given so much downtime in treatment at the hospital and recovery at home, he became interested in crash tests and safety ratings for vehicles. He now regularly critiques cars he sees on the road based on his knowledge of their Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test ratings.
“We are very excited to meet Liam and to welcome him into the Humanetics family. Liam is an incredibly intelligent boy and an inspiration to us all. His knowledge of car safety knows no bounds,” said Christopher O’Connor, President and CEO of Humanetics. “To be a part of such a unique wish has been extremely rewarding for us here at Humanetics. I have no doubt that Liam will accomplish big things throughout his life.”
Liam then had the opportunity to visit the FCA Proving Ground in Chelsea, Michigan where, thanks to Mary Perrin, Douglas Grimm and the FCA US Vehicle Impact Team, Liam was "Vehicle Impact Manager for the Day" and had the chance to oversee a live crash test. Liam also road tested a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Viper and went off-roading in a Jeep Wrangler through the FCA Proving Ground mud pond. Liam was honored at FCA with his own employee badge and office, which was full of toys and FCA memorabilia.
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Humanetics Innovative Solutions, a division of Safety Technology Holdings, Inc., is a global company whose strategy is to harness the best of today's technologies for the creation of high-quality products which play an important role in improving safety, comfort and protection of people and their environment. Humanetics is the world’s leading supplier in the design and manufacture of sophisticated crash test dummies, safety related test equipment, instrumentation, technical support and calibration services. Furthermore, Humanetics develops and supplies finite element software dummy models for computerized crash test simulations and specializes in static and dynamic strain measurements. For additional information on Humanetics, visit www.humaneticsatd.com.
About Safety Technology Holdings
Safety Technology Holdings, Inc. (STH) is a science and technology centered company and a leader in the design and manufacturing of critical safety related test and measurement systems. STH products ultimately advance the mission of saving lives and enhancing health and well-being. Its portfolio includes Humanetics, HITEC Sensor Solutions and Sensor Developments Inc., offering an extensive suite of crash test dummies, sensors and calibration and software products that incorporates the latest biomechanical human simulations for the development and certification of occupant safety protection technologies. With over 400 highly skilled professionals working in 12 facilities strategically located around the world, STH businesses serve a global customer base of industrial leaders including many Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. military and other government agencies. For additional information on Safety Technology Holdings, visit www.stholdingsinc.com.
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.
FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”
About A Special Wish
Voted Best Children's Charity in Northeast Ohio, A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter (ASW) is the ONLY Cleveland-based wish granting foundation, granting wishes for Cleveland-area children with life threatening diseases between birth and twenty years of age. Currently, we are granting wishes for 44 wish children & their families at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, UH Rainbows Babies & Children's Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House Cleveland House. For more information contact: Jason Beudert, co-founder email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 216.224.4281