New standards for adjusting head restraints
25 Feb 2013
Starting March 4, 2013, ICBC will adopt new standards for properly adjusting vehicle head restraints.
The new recommended standards are based on research and practices in other jurisdictions, and in consultation with Whiplash Prevention (part of the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability).
The new recommended standards are as follows:
- The top of the head restraint should be at least level with the top of the head.
- The head restraint should be as close to the back of the head as possible. 7cm is the maximum distance between the head and head restraint. Closer is better.
Where necessary, ICBC Driver Examiners will be assisting customers to adjust the head restraints on vehicles used for their road test. ICBC publications, such as the Learn to Drive Smart guide, are also being updated to promote best practices for head restraint adjustment.
Please encourage your students to share this information with their friends and family to help ensure proper head restraint adjustment in their vehicles.