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Old 06-03-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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Front seat headrest angle

My wife , who is short , just drove a new Focus . We both loved the car. She had issues with the extreme angle of the headrest. Because she is so short , her head was tilted far forward . It was very hard for her to drive and see the road . Anyone else had issues with the angle of the front headrests. Thanks.


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Old 06-03-2011, 09:13 AM   #2
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From what I understand the forward tilt to the headrest is designed to minimize head movement in the case of an accident. Our Flex has the same forward tilt and the Flex forum was all over this issue as well. The solution was to spend a bit of time adjusting the seat position (fore/aft), seat back angle and headrest height to achieve a comfortable seating position.
The other solution was to replace the headrests with an earlier version that doesn't reach forward. The issue then becomes liability-will insurance cover you in an injury accident if you knowingly "defeated" a designed safety feature by swapping the headrest.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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I know what you are talking about. My wife drives a 2010 fusion and they have the same type of headrest. She actually took hers out of the car because she is so short. Before we took it out of the car though we rotated it backwards. More comfortable but looked funny.

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Old 06-03-2011, 03:29 PM   #4
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Posted via FF Mobile I would think this would be a problem for tall people, not short people. Try adjusting the seat positions to see ifthat helps at all.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:30 PM   #5
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I understand that it is the way they make the angle now. We tried adjusting the headrest ane the seat for her. Nothing seemed right and her head still was angled so far forward that it was very uncomfortable for her to drive the car. We may see if the headrest can be reversed , if it comes out, and see if that helps. We really like the 2012 Focus as it was a sport option which we both like. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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I had hoped that the new Focus would be a worthy replacement for my aging Mazda3. I have one this week as a rental for a business trip, and find that there are two fatal flaws, the angle of the headrests being one of them. After 8 hours behind the wheel, my neck was sore from being pushed forward. Not amount of seat adjustment solved the problem. I'm 5'11".

Many cars DON’T have headrests that lean forward, so I think it is irrelevant as a safety feature. What a shame to ruin such a nice car with something so silly.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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Hey, can't suit everyone, I find the angle perfect but mabe for the next version they could be adjustable forward/backwards?
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #8
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well i believe headrests are mostly used for saftey not acually resting your head....and come to think of it, i dont think ive ever seen someone driving a car while resting their head...
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^^^ i have never comfortably been able to rest my head on a head rest in any car. they are there for protection in an accident. Adjust up all the way and recline it some more, or try a booster seat.
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I have a 2008 and the forward leaning headrests are uncomfortable for my girlfriend, who is 4 ft 11 1/2. I'm 6 ft 2 and fine with them. Go figure. We turned hers around too.
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