Question Is the 3rd row as safe as the 2nd row?

YinzerMama

New member
I know this may sound like a dumb question ... but how exactly does a headrest help in a crash? One of the comments mentions people not having the headrest where it belongs in the back row and this contributing to fatalities (or injury). The only thing I can think of is if you were thrown forward, on the rebound the headrest would keep your head from snapping backwards so far. Is that all there is to it?

I have seen headrests referred to, I think, as active vs. passive... I think one sort of pushes back against the head? Vs. is more upright and less pushy? How do these differ for crash protection?
 

LISmama810

Admin - CPS Technician
YinzerMama said:
I The only thing I can think of is if you were thrown forward, on the rebound the headrest would keep your head from snapping backwards so far. Is that all there is to it?
Yes, people can suffer injuries ranging from mild to deadly due to their necks snapping around. This can happen on the rebound in a frontal crash or the initial impact in a rear crash. This is also why backless boosters (and some high-backs) require head support. Really no one should ride without head support.

I have seen headrests referred to, I think, as active vs. passive... I think one sort of pushes back against the head? Vs. is more upright and less pushy? How do these differ for crash protection?
Your head should be no more than 4 inches from the headrest during normal circumstances. If your head is too far away, it has that much further to travel/travel back in a crash. The headrests that jut forward decrease the amount of room between the head and the headrest. There are also headrests that actively move forward in a crash, again reducing the distance the head has to travel.
 

hrice

New member
Ive been wondering this about my Yukon XL where the second and third rows are quite close.
 

creideamh

New member
LISmama810 said:
Your head should be no more than 4 inches from the headrest during normal circumstances. If your head is too far away, it has that much further to travel/travel back in a crash. The headrests that jut forward decrease the amount of room between the head and the headrest. There are also headrests that actively move forward in a crash, again reducing the distance the head has to travel.
Do you happen to have an article/source stating this? I can't get my parents to put their seats more upright no matter what I say, but if I had a link to email, maybe they'd listen...
 

LISmama810

Admin - CPS Technician
creideamh said:
Do you happen to have an article/source stating this? I can't get my parents to put their seats more upright no matter what I say, but if I had a link to email, maybe they'd listen...
No, but I can look
 

lourdes

New member
Oh... I can't do it! I was going to install DD Complete Air FF in the Highlander because her Radian was in my mom's car but I can't see her FF yet, so I went to my mom's house to pick up the Radian. The Complete Air is a pain to install RF in the Highlander, she has ride FF for 5 minutes trips but I am not ready for her to be FF any more than that.
 

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