head restraint


Definition of 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 Active front head restraints move up and slightly forward during a rear-end collision to reduce the risk of whiplash. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Key upgrades for 2020 help to keep Toyota Tacoma in front of the pack (review)," 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, "Barrett-Jackson: Drummer Travis Barker's vehicles among cars being auctioned on Thursday," 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, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 The center seat has a head restraint that can be lowered when not needed. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The transmission tunnel is not overly tall or wide but the center seat has no head restraint, making it a better (safer) two-seat bench. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Buick Regal TourX: A welcome wagon," 23 Mar. 2018 The driver controls upper and lower seat back regions, four-direction head restraints, a thigh extender for extra support on long drives and other details. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "5 smart features every luxury vehicle should have," 16 Mar. 2018 In addition, video of the crash indicates that the then-30-year-old ragtop was without roll bars, shoulder belts or head restraints. Jonathan Handel, Billboard, "'Kill Bill' Stunt Coordinator Breaks Silence on Uma Thurman Crash," 10 Feb. 2018 All back seat mirrors should be installed correctly, securely attached and mounted to the vehicle head restraint. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "Everyone With a Baby Car Seat Mirror Needs to See This Shocking Video," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of head restraint

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Head restraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20restraint. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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