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Old 11-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #11
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I hate new cars for this, stupid useless headrests that jam your head forward. They only put it in as the insurance companies demanded they regulate them so less whiplash cases come in, just to save them money. These are less offensive then the F150 and mustang, I just want to rip them out and explode them.

I am going to get a set from a Lexus seat, setup the posts to the right width and put them on, soft and comfy for long trips, I don't need regulators telling me how it could save them money by my body being uncomfortable in the car. pics to come!
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:15 PM   #12
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I rarely carry passengers in the back seat, other than grandkids in boosters or child seats, but I do carry a lot of cargo so the seats go down. Of course one has to remove the rear seat restraints to properly flip and fold the rear seats to make the cargo area. What sort of clever storage for the critters have you come up with? Or are you simply chucking them in a box and putting that onto a shelf?
I keep 'em in the garage. No backseat passengers ... and the rearward visibility with those in place was terrible. Much better now.

Reading the posts here about the forward angle design makes me think about substituting other restraints ... someone mentioned Lexus ... I'd want to be careful to find something that looks like it belongs (same or very similar black leather - ideally with the same contrasting stitching?). But if I had to choose between comfort and aesthetics, screw it - I'll put whatever in there.

And yes, I recognize that this could cause problems in the event of a whiplash injury UNLESS I were able to remain conscious enough to swap out the restraints for the OEM ones before the medics arrived ... in that case I'd have to keep them handy, like, under the seats or something.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:28 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=And yes, I recognize that this could cause problems in the event of a whiplash injury UNLESS I were able to remain conscious enough to swap out the restraints for the OEM ones before the medics arrived ... in that case I'd have to keep them handy, like, under the seats or something.[/QUOTE]

All should be aware that it is not only a whiplash injury you should be concerned about in a collision. The result could be a cervical spine fracture as high as C2 and paraplegia. I've investigated a number of such results, largely with front seat passengers in cars without/with removed head restraints. The seat-back becomes a fulcrum when the neck is snapped back and the head whips rearward if the delta v is from that direction (as in a spin-out to fixed object - bridge abutment crash). They are really quite useful in a crash and I doubt you could fish them out from under the seat and mount them as you're spinning out of control down the Interstate.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:57 PM   #14
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Last week the lightbulb finally went on over my head - I think instead of modding the head restraint I just need to install a spacer of some kind between my back and the seat... thereby moving the vertical plane of my back forward enough that I can rest my shoulders on the upper seat back and not have my head forced forwards at all times.

So I'm now shopping for one of those wooden beaded taxicab seat things. I'm sure it'll do wonders for my leather upholstery...

[why oh why must our cars hurt us in the name of making us safer?]
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:09 PM   #15
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So I took my headrest and put it in the vice, with a few pieces of wood to hold it. Those damn posts are monster strong, but I did manage to change the angle by a few degrees, even those few degrees make a huge difference in the comfort. Apparently the F150's and earlier stupid headrest models bend a lot more easily, I'll get this damn thing back to a proper position soon enough, but even now way way way better.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:33 PM   #16
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I'm 6'1" and have found that the head restraint is actually slightly less uncomfortable when it's in the fully-down position for me. I think that if I could theoretically push it down even further it would be okay. Of course the support bars' outward bends won't allow that even with modification.
Yep, i gotta keep em raised up to be comfy...btw i am 6'
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:34 PM   #17
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I was watching the recent season of the Amazing Race. They had all the teams driving 2012 focus's, after hours of driving around, consistantly one team had no headrest on the drivers seat, while everyone else did, I wonder why...."Wheres this damn challenge location in Belgium! I hate this headrest!! *throws out window into Belgian street* " :D
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #18
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When I had my 2011 Fiesta (traded it for my new Focus) I purchased two more of the smaller rear center headrest and swapped them with the larger ones. They fit perfectly and allow you to fold down the seats without having to remove the headrests. Brilliant!
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:32 PM   #19
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I don't have my focus yet so I don't know about this but...my friend has a 2012 mustang and his headrests can be pulled forward to adjust the position. If you pull them all the way forward fling back to the "original" position and go pretty far back. Does the focus do this?


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How on Earth are your heads even *touching* the headrests? I'm 6'3", so my head definitely goes up to the top of the headrest (not in an uncomfortable way...but if I lean back my head rests comfortably on the rest), but my head also never *touches* the headrest. If you're sitting in such a way that the headrest is actually making you feel like you're slumped forward, the seatback is too far forward to be safe.

Move the seat, itself, a bit more forward and then move the seat back to a more heavy angle (toward the back of the car). It'll be a more comfortable way of sitting and you'll no longer have a problem with your head being pushed forward by the rest.

Truthfully, if you're sitting in such a way that it's a problem...it's because of the way you're sitting. Also, the rearward visibility should not be a problem with the rear headsets in place...they barely protrude into the line of sight to the rear window.
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