What Does a Safe Headrest Look Like?

When you're browsing for pre-owned vehicles in Chattanooga, you may not be thinking too much about the headrests, beyond how comfortable they are. But there is an exacting science behind what makes a good headrest for preventing neck injury in the event of a rear-end collision.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends that a headrest (which they call a "head restraint") be positioned no lower than 3.5 inches below the top of your head. If you are tall, and the headrest cannot be adjust that high, you may want to find another vehicle for your neck's sake.

The IIHS also says headrests that are set back more than 4 inches behind the head are associated with elevated risks of neck injury. You may feel more comfortable with your headrest set in a reclined position, but if it means your head has extra distance to travel if your car is rear-ended, consider adjusting it forward.

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