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Old 02-14-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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It seems like most modern cars have headrest tilted forward too much.

I feel like for best ergonomics the headrest should be tilted backwards a little, so that your neck can have its natural curve.

The forward tilt places an unnatural curve on the neck. Since when did cars start to have forward tilting headrests?

How old of a car would you have to buy to avoid that kind of headrest?
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Headrests aren’t for your comfort, they are to keep your head from being snapped back in a collision.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:22 PM
 
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You shouldn't be actively resting your head on the headrest while driving. The forward tilted ones are likely active ones that will come even further forward to receive your head in an accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjfNn4PUtD0
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:25 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You shouldn't be actively resting your head on the headrest while driving. The forward tilted ones are likely active ones that will come even further forward to receive your head in an accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjfNn4PUtD0
Not always.

I first noticed the forward tilt when we bought a 2002 Taurus in Fall 2001. The '98 Taurus headrests were not tilted.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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That's just logical: neck breaks are caused by the head bending violently backward over the top of a seat with no headrest. Normally this is the result of a rear impact that drives the car forward hard.
In newer vehicles, those forward tilting “head rests” are actually “Active Head Restraints”.
The angle forward is to force your head to rest on the headrest. Since most people didn't rest their heads on the headrest and didn't take time to adjust it properly - the automakers are placing forward tilting head restraints to help save your life.
That's not new, though. It has been so for a while now.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Mercedes had the active headrests at least ten years ago.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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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.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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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.
You understand that the automakers only have so much seat height to play with they can’t make a seat for every different height person out there.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:47 PM
 
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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.
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Old Yesterday, 08:56 AM
 
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Is it possible to replace the headrest with one that doesn't tilt forward? I've read of a case where somebody did that but wasn't sure if that was possible on all cars.
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