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Old 04-10-2012, 02:58 AM   #61
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I think this might fit in the Focus for those not liking the head restraints
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #62
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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.
Yea... because fraud is definitely the right solution.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #63
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So I finally got fed up after my 30% bent headrests after 4 months and just straightened them out in the vice. It scratched the posts, but they are now pretty much vertical, it makes all the difference in the world to comfort, the way they should have come from the factory. I highly recommend straightening the posts in a vice, or simliar if you hate those headrests as much as I do. Its just greedy insurance companies forcing uncomfortable seats on people just to lower their whiplash injury claims. Just like the ugly rear exhaust mandated to lower payouts on rear collisions.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:15 AM   #64
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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.
For some people sitting with the seat back angled backwards, as you are suggesting, causes back pain. I need to have the seat back pretty straight up and down like a straight back chair. Back pain sould not be a requirement for driving a car. I'm glad the seats work for you but you're not everybody.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #65
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For some people sitting with the seat back angled backwards, as you are suggesting, causes back pain. I need to have the seat back pretty straight up and down like a straight back chair. Back pain sould not be a requirement for driving a car. I'm glad the seats work for you but you're not everybody.
Those of you who don't like the original headrests--have you test driven a newer Focus with the 4-way restraints? I have them and don't think they angle forward as much. Perhaps these can be sourced from Ford and swapped out if you try them and like them.

Here are a couple of pic of my 4-ways, retracted to the rearmost position:



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Old 06-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #66
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Will buy these NOW! haha

I would still LOVE to have the low profile ones for the backseat.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:38 AM   #67
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Finally! I bent the bars on the headrests just a little. What a difference!
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #68
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Shore do, the passenger front seat head rest is very uncomfortable, I have put the seat in all positions, forward, middle & back, nothing works. I have sent a letter to Ford, they say nothing is wrong with the head rest.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:43 AM   #69
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Mine has the 4-way and never moved them, rearmost position, and I don't believe my head has ever touched them. Even my wifes 12 w/solid headrests for that matter.
My bad posture finally paid off! :)
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:04 PM   #70
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I combated it by just leaning my seat further back
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