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Honda CR-V Headrests

carbuyer31carbuyer31 Posts: 1
edited December 2013 in Honda
Hello all, I am interested in the CRV and am also looking at the RAV4. To me, the headrests in the CRV are placed at a very uncomfortable angle. It seems they push my head forward and my chin down toward my chest. I could not find a seat adjustment that made them any more comfortable. Comments or advice? Thanks.
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  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    It's a common mistake. The device at the top of the seat is design for safety not comfort. It's a head restraint, not a head rest. You aren't really supposed to lean on it. It is for preventing whiplash in a crash.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    It's a common mistake. The device at the top of the seat is design for safety not comfort. It's a head restraint, not a head rest. You aren't really supposed to lean on it. It is for preventing whiplash in a crash.

    I second that.

    In normal driving "head rests" are not touching any part of the head. The only "head rests" make contact with the head is when the vehicle is suddenly changing its rate of acceleration, such as in rear end collision.
  • smkgsmkg Posts: 2
    I had the same problem with the CRV. When I mentioned it to the salesman, the pulled the headrest out and flipped it around. That position was more comfortable than the original position.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    Big big mistake. I have to believe that if it was safer to use the safety devise backwards, Honda would have designed it that way. They know a lot about safety.

    That's like buckling the seat belt into the seat next to you, or using a child seat backwards. The salesman shouldn't recommend overriding a safety feature. What dealership was he/she with?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Big big mistake. I have to believe that if it was safer to use the safety devise backwards, Honda would have designed it that way. They know a lot about safety.

    That's like buckling the seat belt into the seat next to you, or using a child seat backwards. The salesman shouldn't recommend overriding a safety feature. What dealership was he/she with?


    Unless the salesman knew that they installed the headrest backwards during pre-delivery inspection.
  • bobby12bobby12 Posts: 8
    I have found the headrests uncomfortable too, but found that I could lift them up, turn them around, replace and they are much better.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    Wonder how it compares to wearing a neck brace.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    IIHS gave ratings out today for neck injuries in SUVs - the majority (24 of 39 tested) failed.

    CRV got an excellent rating for neck protection.

    Neck restraints were not tested inserted backwards.
  • I purchased this vehicle used, but the middle (small) head restraint was not included. Since the C-RV is mainly being used as a two person vehicle, it was not a major problem. I would like to find one, but I have had terrible success so far. Black interior, 2003 C-RV EX. Thanks for your help
  • you can order from a body shop.
    Some people have removed all the rear headrests to get better rear vision.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    I would try a local auto salvage yard. They should have one or be able to locate one.
  • I just test drove the 08 CR-V EX-L and I loved the vehicle with one big problem - the headrest. It was pushing my head forward and after a short (about 5 min) test drive I had one heck of a headache. I am encouraged that it can be turned around. I am 5'0" tall and it is totally uncomfortable. I am also encouraged that others are having a similar reaction - maybe Honda will make a change for 09.
  • I nominate those of you who flip it for the sake of comfort for a Darwin Award!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    for the sake of comfort for a Darwin Award!

    Sorry, that won't qualify for a Darwin Award since no one is in jeopardy of removing themselves from the human genome as a result of such action. :P

    Perhaps you have a constructive suggestion?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • dtstofdtstof Posts: 61
    unless the seat is reclined a lot, I'd just raise it, moving it away from the head. If you reverse it, as others have said, you've removed the safety feature. I can't even come near it in the reverse position, and it no longer locks.
  • My wife (5'1") is looking at buying a 2008 CR-V. She loves everything about the car except the headrest forces her head forward, regardless of the adjusted height of the headrest. She sits comfortably in my 2004 Accord so we pulled the headrest from the Accord and tried it in the CR-V. It fit but the problem remained as far as forcing her head forward. As others in the forum have noted, reversing or removing the headrest is not an option. My thought would be to somehow bend the two rods to change the angle enough to allow her head to be in a more comfortable position. This solution should retain the safety feature and improve comfort.

    I can understand that the dealer might be reluctant to make any modifications but do the members have any thoughts or suggestions? This issue is a deal breaker on the purchase.
  • lpkaylpkay Posts: 4
    This is the only cushion on the market (that I have seen) that works with the active head restraint that can push your head forward. By the way, NHTSA knows all about the comfort complaints that have been lodged against many makes and models.

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  • emehollinemehollin Posts: 2
    Thanks. Cool looking pillow. Autosportcatalog.com has a couple, too. We found that if she reclined the seat a little more than she was used to, it was more comfortable. We bought the car and she quickly got used to the slightly more reclined seat position and all is well.

    Thanks again for your response.
  • deefdeef Posts: 1
    hi -- my cr-v's book says not to strap or hang anything onto headrest or the safety feature will be interfered with ... thoughts? I don't think i can drive w/out leaning back onto this (as some have written it's not really to be leaned upon) -- so the pillow seems a good option ...
    this is driving me batty. thanks
  • The head restraint was very uncomfortable for my wife. She got a cushion about 3/4" thick and put it behind her back to move her whole body slightly forward. Restraint is now tolerable; this solution seems superior to reversing head restraint.
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