The Headrest Protest - 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test

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edited March 2016 in Jeep
imageThe Headrest Protest - 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test

Removing the headrests in the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is a surprisingly inconvenient task, which creates frustration in many scenarios. Here's how to remove them.

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  • zman24_zman24_ Member Posts: 10
    edited March 2016
    Apples and oranges. Your top photos show the rear seats and headrests. The lower photos appear to show you removing the headrests from the front seats. Your highlighted owner's manual appears to show remarks concerning the front seat headrests and there appears to be a section for rear headrests which is not shown. This post appears to have been written while the author was PO'd.
  • schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    I don't know why Jeep would require a special "tool" to be used to remove the headrests. In every car I've owned, you simply push on the tab and the entire headrest comes out.
  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    This should be further investigated. Time to throw on your real journalist hats and take it to a dealer to see how much they charge for this service and to contact FCA for a formal explanation.
  • barich1barich1 Member Posts: 143
    The headrests on my Mazda3 could be easily removed, but they would also tilt forward if you pulled a strap, enabling them to fold out of the way.
  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin NE IllinoisMember Posts: 509

    This should be further investigated. Time to throw on your real journalist hats and take it to a dealer to see how much they charge for this service and to contact FCA for a formal explanation.

    Agreed.
  • bc1960bc1960 Pittsburgh, PAMember Posts: 171
    Headrests on some VWs (e. g., Jetta SportWagen) are similar, a job that needs 3 hands; one to press the release, one to press the concealed tab with a tool, and one to lift the headrest. Headrests that fold, a la Ford Escape, Fiesta, C-Max, older Mazda3; or slide into or against the backrest, a la new Mazda3, CX-3 or Honda Fit, HR-V, are preferable, especially since they improve vision when there are no rear seat passengers, by being out of the way. But these same manufacturers build other vehicles with worse solutions; the new Honda Civic headrests are integral, immobile parts of the rear backrest, and the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Focus must have the restraints removed, albeit more easily than the Jeep and VW.
  • craigo7craigo7 Member Posts: 51
    The cx-5 has the large restraints only in the US. Something about different standards here. It also suffers the problem where its difficult to lower the back seat if the front seats are slid back. Fortunately it's easy to remove the head restraints, although there isn't a convenient place to stow them.
  • bc1960bc1960 Pittsburgh, PAMember Posts: 171
    Ahh, CR-V has folding rear headrests too. One less strike.
  • jelfalanjelfalan Member Posts: 14
    zman24_ said:

    Apples and oranges. Your top photos show the rear seats and headrests. The lower photos appear to show you removing the headrests from the front seats. Your highlighted owner's manual appears to show remarks concerning the front seat headrests and there appears to be a section for rear headrests which is not shown. This post appears to have been written while the author was PO'd.

    @zman24_ : Front and rear headrest release mechanisms are the same and the owner's manual has the same disclaimer for the rear seats. Grabbing photos from the rear seat of the front headrest was more accessible than trying to photograph the rear headrests from the trunk.
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