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.
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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