How do Whiplash-Injury-Lessening Seats work?
It’s no secret that Toyota engineers and scientists and the like are constantly working on new technologies to enhance the world – yes, the world, not just the automotive industry. But yes, a majority of their time is spent enhancing our favorite industry, especially in terms of safety features. One such technology – Whiplash-Injury-Lessening Seats – recently went from the concept phase to being included in a few Toyota cars on the market, so we thought we’d take a closer look in today’s How’s This Work.
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What are Whiplash-Injury-Lessening Seats?
The Whiplash-Injury-Lessening Concept Seat project kicked off in Japan, because a staggering 90% of rear-end collision injuries, of which make up 53% of overall car accident injuries, are neck-related injuries like whiplash. The concept seat was designed to reduce the risk of these type of injuries by providing extra cushioning and support to the driver or passenger’s head and chest areas simultaneously.
Whiplash is an injury that occurs as a result of a person’s head and torso moving in opposite directions, which is often the case in rear-end collisions. Toyota engineers decided to reposition both the headrest and frame of the seatback to minimize the chance of this phenomena happening. They also increased the rigidity of the frame to help this cause as well. The team of Toyota engineers utilized the THUMS program to confirm that the whiplash-injury-lessening seat concept did indeed reduce the risk of injury in low-speed collisions from the rear.
The video below might give you a better understanding of the whiplash-injury lessening seat technology, but you can also give us a call with any questions that you might still have. We’d also be happy to help you find a vehicle with WIL seats installed or available, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.