Automakers Pledge Safer, Greener Cars
"We like to focus on things we are sure can help," says Adrian Lund, chief operating officer of the Arlington, Va.-based organization. "Whiplash is not bloody and not life threatening. But whiplash injuries cost a lot of money in this country, and they could be prevented if we had head restraints that were high enough and close enough to the head."
Lund, whose organization is funded by auto insurers, says the government needs to be more active in policing the auto industry to ensure that the claims it makes about new features hold up on the road and improve the safety of real drivers. Test results and other data collected by his group can be can be found at www.iihs.org.
And ultimately, drivers should do more to protect themselves and others, Lund says.
"If they wore their seatbelts, if they didn't speed and run red lights ... it is that simple," he says. " We encourage everybody to buy the safest vehicle they can identify for their needs. But if they just obeyed traffic laws, that would make a huge difference."