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Old 01-08-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
Jon [in CT]
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Default IIHS Ranks Forester Head Restraints Among the Best in SUV/Pickup Category

Here's an excerpt from the IIHS January 8, 2006 press release at http://www.iihs.org/news/2006/pr010806.html:

PDF version of this release (includes charts of head restraints ratings)

ARLINGTON, VA Only 6 of the seat/head restraint combinations in 44 current model SUVs are rated good for protection against whiplash injuries in rear-end crashes. None of the seat/head restraint designs in 15 pickup truck models earns a good rating. Overall 4 out of 5 SUV and pickup seat/head restraints recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are rated marginal or poor for whiplash protection. This is the first time the Institute has tested SUV and pickup seats using a dummy that can measure forces on the neck during a simulated rear-end crash.

Only the seats in the Ford Freestyle, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover LR3, Subaru Forester, and Volvo XC90 models earn good overall ratings. Among those earning poor ratings are seat/head restraints in popular models such as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Ford Explorer, and Toyota 4Runner SUVs plus the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and some seats in Ford F-150 and Dodge Dakota pickups.

"Manufacturer advertising often emphasizes the rugged image of SUVs and pickups," says Institute president Adrian Lund. "However, the Institute's evaluations show seats and head restraints in many models wouldn't do a good job of protecting most people in a typical rear impact in everyday commuter traffic."

The Institute evaluates seat/head restraints in two stages. First restraint geometry is measured to determine its height and distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. Seats with good or acceptable head restraint geometry then are tested dynamically on a movable platform using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This sled test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear by a vehicle of the same weight going 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they cannot be positioned to protect many people in rear-end crashes.
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