The only thing keeping me from buying a RAV4 is the headrests. They make you tilt your head toward your lap. Does anyone know if any other Toyota model headrests would fit and match in colors - maybe I could find some at a salvage yard?
I moved one of the headrests from the back to the driver's seat. Had to open the legs a little bit but it fit.
Something else I found is that if one adjusts the seat so that it cradles one's body, thus maximizing contact between the body and the seat, and then puts the headrest back on it does not pushes one's head forward. Seems they designed it to be driven as if one was sitting on a recliner.
Although one can drive comfortably in that position, the headrest is massive and blocks the view over one's right shoulder.
My wife has a 2009 Rav4 and wants to get rid of it because of the headrest. I tried turning it around but that really puts is too far back to help prevent whiplash. My wife is now experimenting with a back cusion and she says it does help.
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Re: Want a RAV4 but the headrests are terrible!
Dont think so theyre designed for that particular seat and you may be injured in an accident if you change them,even if they do feel a little uncomfortable,Toyota dont make too many mistakes with their cars so id leave them alone
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Tilt the seat then you will see two plastic surrounds where the headrest supports slide into, one will have a tab, with the seat tilted so the headrest can clear the roof push the tab at the same time as you tug the headrest out and the headrest will slide out.
I just got a 2008 Cobalt and I didn't like the way the headrest tilted my head forward. I found that I could remove the headrest and turn it around. It is much more comfortable that way.
The first step is to lift the headrest to the highest height.
Then insert a paper clip in the little hole on the side of the headrest slide. (You may have to press the realease ad lift on the other side first)
The headrest will then lift out completely.
Flip it around and put it back in.
You will need the paper clip to adjust the height, but this seems like a one time adjustment.
I turned my headrests backward. Worked great. In fact, I wonder if the engineers designed them that way but the production guys build them backward??? 1) Tilt the seat way back to allow room to remove headrests, 2) Press and hold both headrest release tabs at the same time and have someone else pull out the headrest completely, 3) turn the headrests backward and insert into the two headrest guide slots (headrests fit the same either way). 4) No more pain in the neck !!! Caution: I do not know what this does for whiplash injury protection but it seems OK for my own comfort with the solution. And it beats the pain in the neck caused by the bass-akwards design.
PLEASE,do not bent it backwards,they are head restraints,NOT headrests,in case of a rear ender.have only done one rav 4 and to bend then takes A LOT OF PRESSURE.......a dealer will not accomodate you or face losing the franchise.....(i sent a client to an independant bodyshop to get hers done)
Same proceedure as front headrests but tilt the back of the seats forward about halfway. Push the little clip in on top of the seat, by the chrome rail, pull the headrest up and slide out of the hole. Push the back of the seat back, lift up the bottom seat and tilt forward. Lay the back seats down. Done.
I know five (5) people who purchased the 2009 or 2010 Expedition. All
100% of them have complaints of the headrest hurting their neck. I
know folks that won't even drive their new 2010 Expedition because it
hurts their necks, and the dealer won't take it back! If enough people
tell ford about the problem, erhaps Ford will post a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)
to tell dealers how to fix the problem. It is possible to build safe
headrests that do not hurt necks during normal driving: just look at
the competition. The headrest is not the right equipment to sacrifice
comfort. Neck pain causes distraction and is a safety issue. Ford
should be as concerned about liability from wrecks caused by headrest
pian distractions as they are about the rear impact safety. Complain
I bent the headrest posts that stick into the back of the seat - basically a "manual" way of tilting the headrest back. Just don't bend too much or the "active head restraint system" won't work right. I had the exact same problem (I'm 6'1"), now I can drive for more than 15 minutes without terrible neck pain.