WASHINGTON -- Insurance industry researchers have expanded their evaluations of vehicle head restraints, and the results are not good, they say.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the restraints in just 24 of 97 new cars earn ratings of "good" or "acceptable." The best are in the Volvo S40, S60 and S80; Saab 9-3 and 9-2X; Subaru Impreza; Jaguar S-Type; and the Volkswagen New Beetle.
The results were made public on Sunday, Nov. 14. Trucks will be evaluated later.
Beginning in 1995, the institute rated head restraints solely on whether their designs appeared capable of preventing neck injuries in rear-impact crashes. Later the institute expanded that to see how well they protected a crash dummy in simulated rear impacts.