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(From Irish Independent)
SEAT and head restraints in most new sport utilities and all pickups evaluated fell short of providing good protection against whiplash in rear-end collisions, an influential auto safety group said on Sunday.
The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an association backed by insurance companies, found only six seat and head restraint combinations in 44 SUV models earned good ratings for whiplash protection. None of the restraint systems in 15 pickup models posted good marks.
"Manufacturer advertising often emphasizes the rugged image of SUVs and pickups. However, the institute's evaluations show seats and head …