The objectives of this paper are to establish a reasonable procedure for padding selection (for head/A-pillar protection) and to demonstrate how the procedure would be applied in a particular vehicle. The objectives are met by a four step procedure: 1. Theoretical analysis of material properties and the effect of padding materials on head responses, 2. Static or quasi-static and dynamic evaluations of the material properties, 3. Preliminary evaluation of the protective capabilities of the materials by simulated A-pillar component testing, and 4. Final evalution of the most promising material candidate by component testing the material installed on the upper A-pillar of a 1981 Chevrolet Citation.