Most SUVs and Pickup Trucks Wonít Protect From Neck Injuries

Most SUVs and Pickup Trucks Wonít Protect From Neck Injuries

A new study revealed serious problems in SUVs and pickup trucks and their ability to protect drivers and riders from neck problems during crashes.  Out of 44 SUVs tested, only 6 showed some manner of protection from neck injuries, none of the 15 pickups tested provided adequate protection.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) carried out the tests, operating the crashes at speeds of only 20 mph.

The tests measured the protective abilities of seat and head restraints in helping stave off potentially fatal damages to anyone riding in or operating the vehicles.

The surprising results highlight the problems that have plagued the large vehicle category in the automobile industry including rollover rates, high gas mileage and other serious and potentially deadly complications.  This is the first time that the IIHS has performed rear end crash tests using dummies, in order to try and specifically measure any potential neck injuries.

The six SUVs that earned the highest safety ratings in the study were the Ford Freestyle, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover LR3, Subaru Forester, and Volvo XC90.

The poorest performing vehicles were the Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Chevy Silverado pickup and seats in the Ford F-150 series and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks.

The study is important because neck injuries are the most common reported problem stemming from vehicle accidents in the US.  The costs from these injuries are well over $8 billion a year.

The IIHS hopes to highlight these problems so that the SUV and pickup truck industry can be more proactive in developing new designs and seats that offer more protection to their customers.

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