headrest-how-to-3How to Properly Position Your Head Restraint


Neck injuries in rear end collisions are extremely common and account for billions of dollars in insurance claims every year.  Where your seatbelt restricts the forward motion of your body relative to the vehicle in a frontal collision, the head restraint acts to limit the rearward motion of your head relative to your torso in a rear end collision. It’s not just a “head rest”! In order to limit or reduce neck injury, the head and torso ought to move together. To properly position your head restraint:
  1. Align the top of the head restraint with the top of your head (or as high as possible if it won’t reach the top of your head)
  2. Make sure that the head restraint is as close as possible to the back of your head – this limits the head’s motion before contacting the head restraint.


Never forget to adjust your head restraint and lock it into place whether you’re a driver or passenger!

Find out how your vehicle’s head restraint and seat tested at www.iihs.org. If you are shopping for a new vehicle, get the safest one you can afford; vehicles with head restraints and seats that have tested well have been shown to reduce the likelihood and duration of neck injury.


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