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Head Rests

Doesn't it seem as if the angle of the head rests is a little excessive? If you follow the seat back, the head rests stick out like a sore thumb and push your head forward a LOT more than I think is necessary. It seems as if you're always pushing you head into them pretty hard to keep from having to lean forward. Why don't they just follow the seat back like most vehicles do?
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Their part of the active restraint system designed to move up and forward in a rear end collision, I don't like them either. They push your head forward uncomfortably when the seat is in an upright position and as you said they look odd. The solution is to incline the seat back further to give your neck a break.
When I was looking at the new RAV's I mentioned it to the salesman and he told me some owners have reversed the headrests although I haven't tried it yet to see if it can be done on a 2010 model. This would probably defeat the safety design however.
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it would absolutely defeat the purpose.

They're called active headrests, they're designed to come forward to meet your head in a collision greatly reducing the effects of whiplash.

you'll find most people don't sit straight up in the car and incline their seats a bit, which should also fix your problem. I've had a few people mention the same problem, but like a said 95% of people don't seem to sit up that straight in the seat.

Also better to sit back a bit for the airbags to be more effective.

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I post some photos of my headrest dvd installation on Rav4 2009.
The brand of them is Xtrons. It's 10" Screens.








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I post some photos of my headrest dvd installation on Rav4 2009.
The brand of them is Xtrons. It's 10" Screens.

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What does that have to do with this thread?
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I post some photos of my headrest dvd installation on Rav4 2009.
The brand of them is Xtrons. It's 10" Screens.

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What does that have to do with this thread?
He's showing how aftermarket DVD headrests solve the extreme angle problem with 'normal' headrests

I too find my aftermarket dvd headrests solved the problem
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Ah, but the safety feature has been removed.

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not 100%, part of how the active headrests work is a cable that runs down the seat that causes the headrest to come forward when you're thrown back in the seat, so I think that should work. But yes these won't work as well.

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How much further forward can those head rests possibly go?!!! They're already at about a 20 Degree forward angle ( as measured with a Sears Universal Protractor) and are uncomfortable as all get out. How much would I have to tip the seat backwards to feel even close to being comfortable? Then, the seat is tilted at an extreme angle. OBTW, it used to be a unique feature that Toyota seats reclined using a knob adjustment that allowed for infinite small adjustments until you got exactly what you wanted. Now, it's just the knotchy adjustment.
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Their part of the active restraint system designed to move up and forward in a rear end collision, I don't like them either. They push your head forward uncomfortably when the seat is in an upright position and as you said they look odd. The solution is to incline the seat back further to give your neck a break.
When I was looking at the new RAV's I mentioned it to the salesman and he told me some owners have reversed the headrests although I haven't tried it yet to see if it can be done on a 2010 model. This would probably defeat the safety design however.
Are you saying that the angle of the head rest with respect to the seat back changes as you tilt the seat back? That sounds incredible.
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