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Old 11-03-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
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Headrest question for car purchase

Newbie here, but I'm betting this question does not come up often. This concerns a new car purchase.

Due to an injury some years back, I have some neck/upper back issues. As a result, I really need a car where the headrest is not too far forward. (That is, to be comfortable, I need to be able to lean my head relatively far back.)

Problem I'm having with a lot of cars I'm looking at is that the headrests are set at a forward angle that is way too far forward for me. (Also have this problem when I'm out of town and trying to rent a car!)

So, to get my new car search going, I need to identify a brand or model that either:
1. Has the headrests angle somewhat further back than seems to be standard. Or....
2. The angle of the headrest can be significantly adjusted. But of course, the adjustment had to be very solid, so that in the event of an accident, the head holds at the selected angle.

I had been looking at Volvos -- safety is very important to me -- but I found their headrests are way too far forward for my condition. So any suggestions on overall brands, or specific models, would be really helpful.

FYI, I have not yet settled on whether I'll be buying a 4-door mid-sized sedan, or a small SUV or similar. Also not sure about my price range yet, could be anything from $15K up to $35K. But for starters, I need to find something where the headrests are relatively far back!

Thanks in advance for all leads.

CJ
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Re: Headrest question for car purchase

Here is a suggestion that works on some cars, slide the headrest in backwards it won't push your head forward since it will be angled backwards, only problem is you will most likely not have height adjustment if it's needed.
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Re: Headrest question for car purchase

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Here is a suggestion that works on some cars, slide the headrest in backwards it won't push your head forward since it will be angled backwards, only problem is you will most likely not have height adjustment if it's needed.
^^I actually was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday.

Here is another solution. If the head rest has a decent thickness of padding, you could take it to an upholstrey shop. Assuming the head rest is leather or fabric over foam, the outer material can be removed by cutting along the seams, to expose the foam below. That foam can be cut and trimmed to better meet your needs, then the leather/fabric is trimmed and re-sewn back in place.
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