head restraint


: a resilient pad at the top of the back of an automobile seat especially for preventing whiplash

Examples of head restraint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dealers will inspect and replace the second-row outboard seat head restraint guide sleeves, as necessary, free of charge. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2023 The front-row driver and passenger seat power head restraint cushion may detach from the head restraint assembly when adjusted to the full forward position. Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 Vehicle safety tests evaluate protection on the driver side and passenger side, roof strength and head restraint. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2021 To qualify for the former designation in 2018, a model needed to earn good ratings in the Institute’s driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Active front head restraints move up and slightly forward during a rear-end collision to reduce the risk of whiplash. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2020 The red Corvette convertible comes with a matching red interior, tinted glass, AM/FM radio, posi-traction, head restraints, audio alarm system, full transistor ignition, auxiliary black vinyl hardtop and luggage rack. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, 16 Jan. 2020 Using a makeshift metal head restraint built by prison craftsmen, the DOC implanted electrodes in the brains of three prisoners, destroying their amygdalae. Tim Requarth, Longreads, 22 Oct. 2019 The center seat has a head restraint that can be lowered when not needed. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, 13 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of head restraint was in 1947

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“Head restraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20restraint. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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