Last post on Jan 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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#60 of 66 headrests ARE the pain in the neck
Jul 25, 2012 (9:21 am)
I just bought a 2012 CRV and, like others, figured I could fix the uncomfortable headrest situation with a seat adjustment. Well, that didn't work, so I took it to my physical therapist who tried to help me adjust the seat to a level of comfort and safety. According to him, it doesn't exist! The headrest is tilted at such an extreme angle that if you adapt the seat inclination, you start losing the safety factor and you put stress on your shoulders to adjust to the distance from the steering wheel. And, unfortunately, you can't turn the headrests around...we tried. But we have adjusted the seat as well as we can and I can only hope nobody wants to drive my car and adjust the seats otherwise!
So why are Honda and other car mfgrs. not paying attention? Surely the headrests in the past weren't so awful that they caused more problems. The headrest in my Tahoe was very comfortable to rest against when I needed to and never felt like it was in the way.
#61 of 66 Re: HONDA CR-V HEAD RESTRAINT ISSUE FOR SHORT PEOPLE [bratt03007]
Jul 27, 2012 (7:23 am)
I'm so glad to see other people are having problesms with the hedrest although it looks like there have not been any posts since 2010. I just bought a slightly used 2011 and have to choose between using the headrest or developing back pain. I need to find a solution. I also have thought of writing to honda or going to a dealership. The irony is that in the manual the picture of the correct position of the head fest is a linear vertical line from the back through the neck and head. Of course that is not the reality. What are people doing?
#62 of 66 Re: headrests ARE the pain in the neck [nseiss]
Jul 27, 2012 (10:09 am)
I think that some people have a misconception of the "head restraints" that come on the CRV. They are not headrests. They are made to protect your neck and head in case of an accident or sudden stop against whiplash. They are not there to rest your head on them while driving. My head does not touch them in a normal driving position. It tells you hoe to adjust them in the owners manual. They are adjusted for safety.
#63 of 66 Re: headrests ARE the pain in the neck [dtstof]
Jul 27, 2012 (12:37 pm)
The "restraint" restrains me from sitting in a perfectly upright position, because when I do, my head hits the headrest (excuse me, head restraint) and I can't sit comfortably, as I am forced to cock my neck forward. It is much like sitting in an airplane seat which forces your body into a "C" curve position. Don't know your height, but I am 5'8" tall. I have a friend who is 5'4" and has no problem with the headrest. I can't imagine where a six-footer puts his/her head!
#64 of 66 Re: headrests ARE the pain in the neck [nseiss]
Jul 30, 2012 (12:29 pm)
I agree with you Nseiss. The head restraint can be quite uncomfortable.
When I first encountered the problem, I pulled out my owner's manual assuming I could read something that could help me find a solution but there was none. I found a little relief by finally finding a seating position that positioned my body in a way to tolerate the head restraint. Fortunately, I don't spend a lot of time in my vehicle. If I did, I don't know if the current seat position would be of much help.
#65 of 66 Re: headrests ARE the pain in the neck [nseiss]
Jul 30, 2012 (10:06 pm)
A friend of my husband had a similar issue. He took his headrest and put the prongs into a vice and gave it slight bend where the headrest and prongs meet. The prongs in his headrest went through the top of the headrest so there is no issue of snapping off and no stress fractures in the metal. Not sure if it met the new standards but it made him more comfortable and it still protects him from whiplash. Another option is to buy an adjustable headrest.
#66 of 66 My solution to protruding crv headrests...
Jan 30, 2013 (5:30 pm)
After reading all the complaints, and getting no help from Honda, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I removed the headrests and took them out on my outdoor carpeted, congrete slab, patio. I laid the first one on the floor (on its back). I then took a screwdriver with a hard rubber handle (approx. 2" in diameter) and propped it (the handle) under one of the legs of the headrest, as close to the cushioned part as possible. I then took a medium sized rubber mallet and took several whacks straight down on the leg of the headrest, as close to the screwdriver handle as possible, until it appeared to be bent back 10-12 degrees further than the one on the other side.
I proceeded to repeated the process on the remaining leg until the angle of it matched the first one. I then reinstalled the headrest into the seat-back and got the desired relief I was looking for.
This procedure did not cause any stress fractures or cosmedic blemishes to the legs of the headrests and they are still fully adjustable. I can now take extended trips without arriving with a nagging back ache. If your're handy with tools, give it a try. I think you'll be inpressed with the results.