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Old 07-20-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Question Headrest Extension

My drivers chair is great in all aspects except the back is to short for me (6' 1") to rest my head back while driving. Has tried google and searching this site but couldn't find anything the subject. So question is does anyone else have this problem and if so how have they addressed it.

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Old 07-20-2014, 01:18 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Procyon View Post
My drivers chair is great in all aspects except the back is to short for me (6' 1") to rest my head back while driving. Has tried google and searching this site but couldn't find anything the subject. So question is does anyone else have this problem and if so how have they addressed it.

Thank you
Most "headrests" are too low for my height as well.
However so called "headrests" are NOT for resting your head back while driving... they are "head restraints" to help prevent whip lash injuries, (for "vertically challenged" people): Head restraint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Isn't that "tall person discrimination"!
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:14 PM   #3
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Agreed, head needs to be held up by the neck muscles so it is 'mobile', not laying back against the headrest, but of course it is supposed to be as close to the head as possible (ie it lays forward against the head) and many seats aren't designed to do that.. My MH has fixed seat backs and they aren't really the correct height to suit me either.

New Car Headrests (Head Restraints) Designed Too Far Forward:
Hidden Costs are Neck/Back Pain and Distracted Driving

A car headrest is not designed to rest your head against and relax while driving. It is actually a head restraint, designed to prevent a whiplash injury in a rear-end collision.
Federal Safety Regulations now require the head restraint to be a distance of 2.2 inches or less from the back of the driver's head. Compliance by car manufacturers began September 1, 2009, under a phase-in schedule that required all new vehicles to meet the new head restraint regulation by September 2010.1 Unfortunately, the head restraints of these newer vehicles are positioned too far forward for many drivers - actually pushing the driver's head forward, resulting in neck/back pain, headaches, and driver distraction.
In general, the drivers most affected by the new forward head restraint design are:
  1. Drivers preferring the healthiest and most alert driving posture - driving with just a slight recline to the trunk, no greater than approximately 5° to 10°.
  2. Thinner drivers with less depth to the trunk. These individuals will be closer to the head restraint than heavier individuals with greater depth to the trunk.
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