Safety in cars
– how to protect yourself and your child
For your own safety
In this pamphlet you will find information about how you can improve the
level of safety in your car. You will be given advice on the safest way for your
child to sit, and how you can reduce the risk of being injured yourself.
How well a car performs in a collision provides a good indication of how
safe it is. Different methods are therefore being used to find out how safe a
car is, and this information is then passed on to consumers. In Sweden, in-
formation about crashworthiness is available from two main sources – Euro
NCAP and the Folksam Insurance Company.
Whiplash most common injury
Every year some 20 000 people in Sweden suffer whiplash injuries. Rear-end
collisions are by far the single most common cause of whiplash. This type
of injury can also be incurred in a head-on collision or single accident, and
sometimes even outside the traffic environment. The best safeguard against
serious whiplash injury is to choose a car that provides effective protection.
Airbags, head restraints and the seat adjustment are important in protect-
ing you against whiplash.
In a collision or if the brakes are forcibly applied, loose objects get hurled
around. People are kept in place by a seat belt and cargo is safest in the boot.
Place your cargo as low as possible, either in the luggage compartment or
behind a net. Use cargo restraints and attachment loops. Never let heavy
objects lie loose in the car. Seat belts can be used to secure any cargo in the
Remember to protect your neck
• Raise the backrest.
• Adjust the head restraint to support your whole head. The head restraint
should preferably reach up to the crown of your head.
• Sit close to the backrest and head restraint.
• Keep a proper distance to the car ahead.
If you have time to see in the rear-view mirror that you are going to be
hit from behind, press your head against the restraint and look straight
A head-on co