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    Default Cars rate "poor" in whiplash study

    I found this on the CNN/Money website:


    Most cars rate 'poor' for whiplash

    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study finds 8 of 73 models tested received 'good' rating.
    November 15, 2004: 6:51 AM EST

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Automakers are failing to equip most car models sold in the United States with seats and head restraints that provide good protection against neck injuries in rear-end crashes, according to a new insurance industry study.

    The study, released Sunday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said only eight of 73 seat and head restraint combinations it tested got a "good" rating for whiplash prevention, while 16 others were rated "acceptable."

    Nineteen earned only "marginal" ratings and 30 got "poor."

    Among the seat-head restraint systems that were tested, good ratings were earned by Volvo's S40, S60 and S80 cars and Saab's 9-2X and 9-3 models. The Swedish automakers, long known for putting a premium on safety, are owned by Ford Motor Co. (Research) and General Motors Corp. (Research), respectively.

    The Jaguar S-Type, Subaru Impreza and some of Volkswagen AG's New Beetle cars also earned top scores.

    In the rear impact tests, which simulate a stationary car being struck by a vehicle of the same weight at 20 miles per hour, the seat-head restraint on Toyota Motor Corp.'s (Research) 2004 model Corolla also rated good. But the Corolla's overall rating dropped to "acceptable" because of the head restraint's poor positioning.

    Cars that earned poor overall ratings ran across all segments from the 2005 model Corolla and the Toyota Camry -- America's best-selling car -- to the Cadillac CTS and BMW 3 Series.

    "It's obvious that some automakers are doing a better job than others of designing seats and head restraints to protect their customers' necks in rear crashes," Adrian Lund, the Insurance Institute's chief operating officer, said in a statement.

    He added that many car models still have "poor or marginal geometry," meaning head restraints that are not closely enough positioned behind an occupant's head.

    The Insurance Institute said 24 seats, two-thirds of them in GM cars, were not tested at all because of "inadequate head restraint geometry."

    Neck injuries in rear-end crashes are rarely life-threatening, especially when they occur at low to moderate speeds. But the Insurance Institute said they cost at least $7 billion in U.S. insurance claims per year.
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    VOLVO SEAT IS BENCHMARK FOR WHIPLASH PROTECTION

    All Volvo's car models tested by the International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group (IIWPG), which includes the UK's Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre in Thatcham, were found in the best class of their "2005 Dynamic Seat Assessments". Volvo Car Corporation was the only manufacturer to achieve this result.

    "We are very pleased that the Volvo seats have performed in line with our expectations," says Ingrid Skogsmo, Safety Director at Volvo Car Corporation. "Tests only show a part of what happens in real life. However, this is one of several results that confirm Volvo has the right approach to help reduce neck injuries in rear impacts."

    In Volvo Car Corporation's Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) the entire backrest is designed to help protect the occupant's neck in a rear impact. Introduced in 1998 WHIPS is standard in all Volvo car models.

    "After having the system in our cars for six years now, the feedback from Volvo Cars’ own real life Accident Research Team shows that WHIPS has halved the risk of long-term neck injuries in rear-end impacts even compared to previous Volvo seats. Also, other independent field studies have shown a significant injury reduction," says Dr Lotta Jacobsson, Technical Expert, Biomechanics, Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

    208 front seats were tested in the US and Europe by IIWPG to measure how head restraints are designed and how they perform in a crash simulation where the seat is placed on a sled that reproduces a rear impact with a speed of 16 km/h (10 mph).

    All the Volvo seats tested – whether from the Volvo V70, XC90, S40, S60 or S80 – achieved the top result. Volvo has built a reputation for excellent seat comfort and these tests add further proof that Volvo seats also offer superior safety and protection on the UK's crowded roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWD*V70XC
    VOLVO SEAT IS BENCHMARK FOR WHIPLASH PROTECTION

    All the Volvo seats tested – whether from the Volvo V70, XC90, S40, S60 or S80 – achieved the top result. Volvo has built a reputation for excellent seat comfort and these tests add further proof that Volvo seats also offer superior safety and protection on the UK's crowded roads.

    Hear! Hear! I couldn't agree more! The Volvo seat is the most comfortable and safe seat I've ever sat in!
    Cheers, Gary

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    ...and here's the IIHS article as featured on NBC Dateline.

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