Car Crash Test Results

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It's one of the smaller parts in your car but may be one of the most important when it comes to protecting you from injury--your head rest.

And a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that 31 out of 53 models tested this year received either marginal or poor ratings.

The rear-end collisions that often occur during commuter traffic are the most common crashes that result in injury and the Institute says a good head restraint is as important as any other safety device in your car.

Consumers don't always realize how important this aspect of crash protection is. They think of their head restraint as a head rest - and it's not. It's an important safety device.

The top of your head restraint should be at least as high as the top of your ears and you should adjust it - if it's adjustable back and forth - adjust it forward to it's as close to the back of the head as you
can comfortably get it.

The federal government is instituting new regulations for the 2009 model year that will raise the height requirements for all headrests.

And for more information on how your vehicle's head restraints fared in those tests you can head to the Insurance Institute's home page.