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Car tip: Adjust your headrest to reduce injuries

The correct head restraint position can protect you during a collision.

A VEHICLE’S HEAD restraint is designed to limit the movement of your head and provide support during an accident.

Head restraints are a safety feature of your car not just something to make driving more comfortable. The correct position of the head restraint can help reduce whiplash and injuries from rear-end collisions.

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Your head restraint should be positioned no more than six centimetres below the top of your head. It should be at least level with the top of the ears. The back of your head should be no more than six centimetres away from the headrest itself.

Essentially, the correct position for the head restraint is high enough and close enough to catch your head in a collision.

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