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NHTSA on Low Impact Collisions

“Additionally, unlike other spinal injuries, whiplash has no linear relationship to crash severity. Low speed crashes may nevertheless result in whiplash. Many low speed rear end collisions resulting in whiplash are never reported to the police, because of little physical damage to the actual vehicles and lack of immediate injury symptoms.”

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
49 CFR Part 571
[Docket No. NHTSA-2004-19807]
RIN 2127-AH09
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards;
Head Restraints
AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/Rulemaking/Rules/Associated%20Files/202FinalRule.pdf

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