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Old 02-15-2019, 01:32 PM
 
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As noted earlier, they are not headrests but head restraints. They are designed to keep your head from snapping back during a collision.

As for when this started, it was when the IIHS started testing head restraints dynamically back around 2004. At the time of their first tests, 54 of the 73 tested failed. Only 8 were given the highest score of good and those were Volvos, a coupld of Saabs, a Subaru, a Jaguar, and the VW Beetle.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:34 PM
 
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The tilt of Forester head rests can be easily adjusted. Just pull forward from the top of the headrest.
Thanks, but done that. The Subaru people demonstrated that for me. My head still bumps against it if I lean back a little. But I've gotten used to it. Sometimes I do need to rest up a bit in the car, and for that purpose I have one of those 1/2 donut neck travel cushions.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I’ve seen many times where people remove the headrest and reinstall it backwards. It looks ridiculous when people do that.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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We traveled 2 hrs away with our son to pick up his new Camry last November. By the time we got back to his place my wife had a terrible headache form the rear headrest pushing her head forward the whole trip back. These things don't appear to be adjustable at all which really sucks for the passengers. At least the front seats are adjustable as far as reclining positions so you can lay it back some, so the headrest isn't as annoying in front.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:43 PM
 
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You know you can pull up the headrest and install it the other way, and it shouldnt bother you anymore.
Great idea! Maybe you can give me step by step instructions. See pic below
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:11 PM
 
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We traveled 2 hrs away with our son to pick up his new Camry last November. By the time we got back to his place my wife had a terrible headache form the rear headrest pushing her head forward the whole trip back. These things don't appear to be adjustable at all which really sucks for the passengers. At least the front seats are adjustable as far as reclining positions so you can lay it back some, so the headrest isn't as annoying in front.
There are some that used to have front rests that had minimal ability to adjust. For a while I had searing neck pain with Nissan headrests. They were just tilted forward too much for me. Tilting the seat back some gives me horrible back pain because I lose the back support I need. I am 55 and pretty slim, while most seats seem to be built for a bigger tilt back than works for me.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I owned a 73 Porsche 911. Back then the head rest was an added feature to old fashion low back seats. The head rest could be adjusted for up or down and from straight up to 90 degrees forward.
Being that I've experienced being rear ended, I had the head rest elevated to the back of my head and tilted forward 90 degrees.
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Old Yesterday, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I drive fairly upright - downfall of being short I guess. I can't wear a hair clip in my 2001 Ranger as the top of the seat tips forward (no separate head rest). I can even feel it with a ponytail. Incredibly uncomfortable. Had I bought the truck new I probably would have looked at other makes.
Was just dealing with the hair clip issue tonight! If I put it too low on the back of my head, it hits the headrest. I have to take it off, it's so annoying. (And that's annoying because my hair is already "done" for the evening and I have to do it over when I get where I'm going.) I originally thought there was something wrong with the headrest...my friend had said to me, WHY is your headrest going forward??? The service guy last time tried to remove it and put it in backwards but it won't work (2017 Acura RDX).
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Old Yesterday, 07:47 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Biggest problem with those is that the manufacturers assume every person is 5'4" tall and can sit in those seats comfortably. Took me 2 or 3 weeks to get the seat set right in our Enclave so the headrest wasn't pushing my head down. (Thank God for memory seats) However, the headrests in my Mustang tilt far enough back so there wasn't any issue.
I'm just under 5'2" and find my headrest hits me in a weird spot even with the seat as high as it goes AND sitting on a pillow.
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Old Yesterday, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Great idea! Maybe you can give me step by step instructions. See pic below
I dont see how in the world those headrests could possibly push your head forward. If they tilted back any further theyd press against the window.
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