July 3, 2007
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says their new tests show that head restraints in many vehicles offer little protection from neck and head injuries.
Dozens of SUV's, trucks, and minivans rated poorly in simulated crashes.
Low scores went to vehicles made by several leading automakers.
Even so, most automakers say their vehicles are designed with safety in mind.
The institute tested over 80 models in this round of crash tests
They say that their ratings will give consumers a good idea of which models offer the best protection in rear crashes that occur commonly in commuter traffic and at intersections.
They also tell us that's seat and head restraint are an important safety system in your car
"Whether your driving a large SUV or a small car, the seat and head restraint provide protection against head and neck injuries in various common read-end crashes. In fact, read end crashes are so common that you are more likely to need the protection that this system provides than you are the protection of an airbag," said David Zuby, the IIHS Senior V.P. Of Vehicle Research.
The IIHS says it wouldn't take much for engineers to design top of the line seats that provide good head and neck protection, which is why they are urging vehicle manufactures to up their standards.