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Old 08-02-2012, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Headrest: too far forward?

Hey All,

I've had my new 2012 Pilot for a few months now and I love it! I'm constantly reminded of how awesome and polished it is.

But there's one thing that's been bothering me: the front seat headrest seems to push my head forward too much. I've never had this happen in any other car, even other Hondas. The bubble shape to the headrest sticks out so far that I can't help but touch it. I never realized this before buying our Pilot, but apparently I prefer to hold my head up on my own. Now, unless I slouch exceedingly or recline the seatback to gansta-lean angles, my head is constantly in contact with the headrest in a fashion that I prefer to reserve for giving my eyes a rest at stoplights.


Is this just an "Feature" of modern car luxury? Always having your head supported? Or maybe it's just happening to me because I'm 6'7" and am so limited on space in the car as it is.

Has anybody else noticed or experienced this? Have any ideas for mitigating the issue?


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This topic came up before...and if I remember correctly, the mfg of many types of autos
now have the headrest more forward than before...to reduce whiplash results in the event
of being rearended, etc. I guess the theory is less travel distance ='s less vertebrae
trauma.
And supposedly a mechanism in the back of the seat to sense your wt shifting back during
a collision from the rear... pushes that head rest to meet your head...even before it (your skull) normally would connect with that head rest. Hope that makes sense.
Yeah, I miss having a gap there too to lean my head back a bit to loosen up the 'ol noggin. I raised the height of it hoping it would help. Not really so far.
Of course, I miss rolling down the windows by crank too.
Better safe than whiplashed I guess.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My wife had that problem. The salesman suggested we put the headrest in backwards! It worked; however, the purpose of the headrest would have been largely defeated.

Our plan was to take the headrests to an upholsterer and have them reshaped to suit. That is, take them apart, remove some foam and stitch them back together. The salesman had agreed to cover the cost. Fortunately, reshaping was not required as my wife quickly adapted.

Possibly reshaping is something you could try?
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This topic came up before...and if I remember correctly, the mfg of many types of autos
now have the headrest more forward than before...to reduce whiplash results in the event
of being rearended, etc. I guess the theory is less travel distance ='s less vertebrae
trauma.
And supposedly a mechanism in the back of the seat to sense your wt shifting back during
a collision from the rear... pushes that head rest to meet your head...even before it (your skull) normally would connect with that head rest. Hope that makes sense.
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I think the intrusive headrests are an excellent example of 'Lawyer-Engineering' - where the form does not follow function but is wholly meant to foil ambulance chasers.

Yes, the problem exists in my EX 4WD. My wife complains bitterly about how the headrests push her head too far forward. Our EX passenger seat is rigidly mounted except for fore/aft slide adj.

We briefly thought of swapping the front & middle seat headrests, but the rods are different widths apart, making them unswappable. Another example of 'Lawyer-Engineering' designed to thwart defeat of poor, anti-lawsuit-design.

I think I will take the front headrests to an upholstery shop and pay to have them re-shaped and re-coverd. I bet I can get the job done locally for less than $100.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree that they are too far forward. They are father forward than in the 2011 pilots. I noticed it the second i sat in the seat.... moving it higher helps some but not completely.
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TMI???....but interesting...
Procedures for rating seat/head restraints

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/head_res...nts.aspx?honda
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