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Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:21 pm

If you rarely have anyone in your back seat, remove those rear headrests and throw them in the trunk!

Looking in my rear view mirror last night I decided I would have a much better view of rear traffic if those headrests weren't in the way. When I got home I threw them in the trunk and on today's commute it was like night and day!

From a safety aspect, if you have anyone in your rear seat whose head comes above the top of the seat, the headrest needs to be installed. Removal and installation is quick and easy, just fold the seat part-way forward and use the latch to remove or install the headrest.
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:31 pm

+1

I've had them off since the first day I got the car. Makes a big difference. I very rarely carry passengers (I have no friends, lol) but I keep them in the back just in case.
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:35 pm

Great tip! Since I will be the sole occupant 75% of the time, and will have one passenger riding shotgun the other 25% of the time, I will do this as soon as I take delivery.
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:45 pm

How well does it work to just fold one or both back seats all the way down towards the front? Does this provide any advantages/disadvantages for storage?

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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:59 pm

Yep, they went in a bag and up on the shelf the day I received the car!

DarkStar wrote:If you rarely have anyone in your back seat, remove those rear headrests and throw them in the trunk!
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:17 pm

mogur wrote:Yep, they went in a bag and up on the shelf the day I received the car!

DarkStar wrote:If you rarely have anyone in your back seat, remove those rear headrests and throw them in the trunk!

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+1

Removal makes a big difference in visibility ;)
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:33 pm

mogur wrote:Yep, they went in a bag and up on the shelf the day I received the car!

DarkStar wrote:If you rarely have anyone in your back seat, remove those rear headrests and throw them in the trunk!


I did the same thing as soon as I got the car home on the first day....really a no-brainer.

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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:41 pm

Could someone post some pics of a before and after shot for folks who are still waiting?
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:46 pm

MikeD wrote:How well does it work to just fold one or both back seats all the way down towards the front? Does this provide any advantages/disadvantages for storage?

The only issue that may come up depends on how far back you put your front seat. I found that my natural driver seat position allowed that side of the rear seat to fold down without issues, however my wife likes a bit more leg-room in the front and the rear seat wouldn't fold down (the headrest hit the back of the seat).
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Re: Remove the Back Headrests = Better Rear View

Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:48 pm

+1 I did that too... They need low profile headrests like the Prius has...

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