Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc. Honors Six-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

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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About Humanetics

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

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


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:;


For Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.:
Executive Assistant to Christopher J. O’Connor