Choose a safe seat
Whiplash is the most common injury suffered in car crashes. While neck injuries are rarely life-threatening, they can be quite painful, even debilitating.
They can also be prevented if the seat and headrest are designed to support the head and keep it moving forward at the same speed as the rest of the body when a car is struck from behind and lurches forward.
Yet only 55 of 141 cars and trucks tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provided good protection from such injuries when rear-ended at 20 m.p.h.
The headrests in such popular cars as the Toyota Corolla and Buick Lacrosse, the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup and Toyota Sienna minivan did a particularly poor job in preventing neck injuries.
Take those tests into account when you buy a new car or truck -- especially if you've already suffered a neck injury. Choose a safe seat.