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The main purpose of head restraints is supposedly to protect the neck in rear-end collisions. Well, those of us in pickups or SUV’s may get a whiplash instead of protection. A CNN report has the details:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seat and head restraints in most new sport utilities and all pickups evaluated fell short of providing good protection against whiplash in rear-end collisions, an influential auto safety group said on Sunday.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an association backed by insurance companies, found only six seat and head restraint combinations in 44 SUV models earned good ratings for whiplash protection. None of the restraint systems in 15 pickup models posted good marks.

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