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Improved head restraints and seats could prevent whiplash

A car insurance firm has carried out a survey which reveals that thousands of claims for whiplash compensation could be prevented each year in the UK through the use of better head restraints and seats.

The study, which was carried out by the insurance firm and a motor research organisation, estimates that only 34% of UK cars have head restraints and seats which would be categorised as "good" when it comes to reducing the risk of whiplash injuries to the driver.

It was also found that only 39% of those who took part in the survey ever adjusted their head restraint while 26% revealed that they did not even know how to make adjustments.

There are currently 1,600 whiplash compensation claims made each day in the UK, which costs the insurance industry £2 billion per year in compensation payouts.

According to the study if 65% of these claims could be avoided through better head restraints and seats, this could result in a reduction of 370,500 injury claims a year.



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