Last post on Aug 31, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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Kia Rondo, Interior, Wagon
#25 of 27 Rondo head restraint
Aug 30, 2009 (10:17 am)
We sat in one yesterday, and the head thing will be a deal breaker for us. I am 5' 3", and the "rest" in its lowest position hits my head exactly where the "bump" on the head comes out the farthest. It forces my chin down towards my chest. I could not even drive around the corner with it in that postion.
If I raise it, which I did try, the wide part at the bottom of the restraint still hits the top of the back of my head; it does not push it as far down, but it is still uncomfortable.
The only thing I could do if I bought this car, would be to turn the restraints around, which I am sure would horrify the safety designers. That makes the restraint too far back to protect me from whiplash; I can't even lean my head back on it for a little rest if a long drive.
I suppose if we like enough other things about the vehicle, I could turn the thing around and wrap something like a towel or sew up some padded thing, to make it wider at the top for some protection.
I did not think 5' 3" was that short! I don't really want to buy a wedge or other cushion so I can sit in my own car. If Kia & Honda & the rest of them want to sell cars to women they should design them so women can sit in them.
#26 of 27 Re: Rondo head restraint [ofionnachta]
Aug 30, 2009 (5:25 pm)
my wife is 5'-3" and she has no problem with the headrest, she said finally a headrest that actually is functional and of some use. All our other vehicles its been virtually useless for her, usually too far back to do any good.
Do you know the headrest can be adjusted back and forth as well as up and down?
#27 of 27 Re: Rondo head restraint [ofionnachta]
Aug 31, 2009 (1:26 pm)
It's an odd thing, these headrests. When I first got my car, it bothered me. But I messed around with it, adjusting the seat up and back a little until it was comfortable. I had to move it around every so often at first.
Now it's completely comfortable to me. I drove another car recently without the headrest against my head and found it awkward and uncomfortable.
Play around with the seat postion, it moves up and down and you can change the angle a little. You should be able to find something that works.