A good head restraint can help prevent whiplash.
November 10, 2015
Good head restraints cut injuries
An updated HLDI-IIHS analysis shows that injury rates are 11 percent lower in rear crashes when vehicles are equipped with good head restraints compared with poor ones.
March 15, 2008
Good rear ratings mean less whiplash
The rate of neck injury complaints is lower in cars and SUVs with seat/head restraint combinations that are rated good by the Institute than those rated poor.
August 4, 2007
Head restraints make big strides
Cars and SUVs have shown big improvements in their head restraints and seats since the Institute first started evaluating them, but pickups and minivans lag behind.
January 31, 2005
New rule will improve head restraints
A new federal requirement will force automakers to improve the position of head restraints to better protect occupants from whiplash injuries.
November 20, 2004
Dynamic head restraint testing begins
The Institute has rated 73 seat/head restraint combinations for rear crash protection using a new dynamic test and a special dummy.
Cars sold in Europe earn better ratings
Among seat/head restraints the Institute evaluated in dynamic tests, more are rated poor overallthan good or acceptable. Proportions are better in Europe.
September 25, 2003
Head restraints are improving
When the Institute began rating head restraints in 1995, only 3 percent of vehicles had good ones. By 2003, that number was up to 45 percent.
Few drivers adjust head restraints
Although automakers are improving head restraints, many people aren't benefiting from the changes because they leave their adjustable head restraints in the lowest position.
How head restraints are rated
To rate head restraints, IIHS measures from the top of an average-size man's head to the top of the restraint and from the back of the head to the front of the restraint.
October 26, 2002
New head restraint designs cut injuries
Active head restraints and other improved designs are reducing neck injury claim rates, a new Institute study shows.
June 8, 2002
New sled will expand testing
The Vehicle Research Center's new HyperG sled will be used first to compare head restraints and seats for whiplash prevention.
May 22, 1999
Understanding the fundamentals of whiplash injuries points toward effective prevention strategies
April 12, 1997
How bad are they? Only five passenger vehicles have head restraints with good geometry; more than half of the restraints are poor
September 16, 1995
Saving our necks in car crashes
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