The Euro NCAP Whiplash Test

  • Published: M. van Ratingen, J. Ellway (Euro NCAP), M. Avery (Thatcham), P. Gloyns (VSC, on behalf of ICRT), V. Sandner (ADAC), T. Vermissen (TNO Science and Industry), no date
  • Authors: M. van Ratingen, J. Ellway (Euro NCAP), M. Avery (Thatcham), P. Gloyns (VSC, on behalf of ICRT), V. Sandner (ADAC), T. Vermissen (TNO Science and Industry)
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 04 Feb 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To highlight seats with known good and poor performance and to provide the maximum incentive to manufacturers to move towards best practice in seat design.

Methodology:

Comprehensive seat test procedure described. For full details, refer to document.

Key Findings:

  • Whiplash neck injury, caused by sudden neck distortion, particularly occurs in low speed rear-end RTIs and is the most commonly reported injury in RTIs today.

  • No biomechanically based safety regulations exist, mainly as a consequence of the limited (or inconclusive) knowledge available on whiplash.

Themes:

Emergency Braking

Comments:

Description of the Euro NCAP whiplash test relating to vehicle seating.