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How Whiplash-injury-lessening Seats Work


Author's Note

While I won't claim I've never been rear-ended by another car, I've been lucky enough never to get a case of whiplash. What fascinated me in writing this article was learning just how common such injuries are, constituting 40 to 50 percent of all car-accident-related physical problems. So it's good to know that as modern automobiles have become more sophisticated, more automated and more computerized, something can actually be done about the physical forces that bend your body out of shape when bumped from behind. Maybe my perfect record of never having a whiplash injury will continue into the future. And maybe yours will, too.

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Sources

  • Olsson, Ted; Morris, Andrew; Truedsson, Niklas; Linder, Astrid; Les, Magda and Fildes, Brian. "Whiplash injuries - time to implement the knowledge?" Monash University. (April 3, 2012) http://www.monash.edu.au/miri/research/reports/papers/whiplash.html
  • Toyota. "Passenger Protection: Case of Rear Collision." (April 3, 2012) http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/safety_technology_quality/safety_technology/technology_file/passive/rear.html
  • Sekizuka, Makoto. "Seat Designs for Whiplash Injury Lessening." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (April 3, 2012) http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/Esv/esv16/98S7O06.PDF

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