Whiplash injuries more likely in minivan accidents

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Oct 09, 2006 @ 11:18 AM

Many minivans do not adequately protect passengers from neck injuries in rear-end accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released crash test ratings for seven different minivans. A rear impact test showed that several models have inadequate head restraints, which can cause neck injuries during a crash. The institute's chief operating officer is concerned about the results because "mothers frequently drive minivans, and women tend to be more vulnerable to whiplash injuries, which account for about 2 million in insurance claims annually."

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