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    Saab, Volvo Rated Best at Preventing Whiplash

    Saab, Volvo Rated Best at Preventing Whiplash


    By Frank Giovinazzi, Web Editor AIADA




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    Subaru, Jaguar and Volkswagen also represented

    Of 97 vehicles, only 8 receive top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    ARLINGTON, VA -- In order to prevent neck injury during a rear-end collision, a vehicle's seat and head restaint have to work in tandem to keep the neck from being whipped forward. A new study has found that less than ten percent of vehicles tested provide good support.

    Vehicles Receving Good Rating
    Saab 9-2X
    Saab 9-3X
    Subaru Impreza
    Jaguar S-Type
    Volvo S40
    Volvo S60
    Volvo S80
    VW New Beetle
    Source: IIHS.org

    Using a new crash test dummy outfitted with a simulated spine, the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety [IIHS] tested 73 vehicles and found that only 34 provided acceptable or marginal protection. Thirty seats were rated poor, and 24 were excluded from testing because their head rests did not meet minimum standards. Consumers can search test results by manufacturer with this tool.



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    Head Restraint Safety

    Head Restraint Safety

    November 15, 2004

    Thomasville - If you've ever been rear ended in a car wreck, you may of had some of these symptoms: "You end up with tight muscles, sore neck, dizziness, headache," says Chiropractor Dr. Heather M. Harper.

    But sometimes the injuries are more extensive. She says, "A lot of times it can get severe, you can have spinal cord injury, disk problems."

    And according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety your car seat head rest could be to blame. The more space there is between the back of your head and the head rest, the more chance you have of straining your neck if you are in a wreck. To decrease those chances, there should be a gap of no more 4 than inches.

    Cars that have whiplash injury prevention seats, like Volvo received some of the best ratings in crash tests that measured head restraints. The Dodge Neon and B-M-W 3 Series received poor ratings, but even if your car didn't score highly, you can use normal precautions to be as safe as possible on the road.

    Harper says, "I guess the most important thing is your Seat belt. It will protect you from going
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