Big Vehicles Provide Poor Head Protection

Washington (AP) - New test results from the Insurance Industry show that head restraints in dozens of SUVs, trucks, and minivans provide only poor or marginal protection from neck injuries.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the crash tests show that many large vehicles fall short in protecting against neck injuries.

Those injuries lead to two million insurance claims a year, costing at least $8.5 billion dollars.

The test results find several SUVs have improved protections against whiplash, but gave poor marks to vehicles made by several leading automakers, including BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota.

Automakers say there are many ways to evaluate rear crash protection and their vehicles have been designed to provide a high degree of safety.

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