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"active" headrest for safety?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TOYOTA 09, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Apr 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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    TOYOTA 09

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    I've noticed that the headrests on my 2009 AC 4x4 manual SR5 seem loose...they make a noise when driving on bumpy roads....took apart the seat and it seems as though they were made this way so if you get in an accident, they actually move forward to support your bead. Take your seat and push real hard from behind the head rest. the whole head rest comes up and forward...anyone else notice this?
     
  2. Apr 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    yeah...the active headrests were started in 09 as part of the added safety features...much larger than the 05-08s too...but only the front buckets....weird
     
  3. Apr 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    dexterdog

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    Yes, this is a standard safety feature on most if not all '09 manufacturer models. My '08 Accord had the active head restraint system.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM
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    Mine sit too far forward, they're downright uncomfortable. Would love to move em back some.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2010 at 2:58 PM
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    ^Wife complains about the head rests in my 07 being too far forward too. They sit just pefect for me.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    Federal safety specs changed last year. The test is FMVSS 209a, it used to be just 209. they updated a few requirements.
     
  7. Apr 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM
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    Mine too. So much that I have the driver's side on backwards (you can flip it around). I know this is going against the design intent, and is defeating the safety aspect of it, but i can't stand it otherwise. I know the earlier ones interchange, a buddy of mine has a ~2005 and I installed his for a test, but I would love to find out if the earlier gray matches the 2009 gray.

    Does anyone know? I realize I could go to the dealer and walk around with my headrest on the used car lot...

    If so I would order a 2007 gray headrest (if it's not $300) to have something both comfortable, and safer than my current situation.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM
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    wat?
    the interior color is the same. the back headrests from a DC are still the same fromthe 05-08 to the 09+, just the fronts changed. if a person in a DC wanted the lder headrests in the front, just pop them from the back seats and there ya go.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    To maximize comfort tilt the seat back and move it up. The problem is that when the seat back is too upright which causes the headrest to be situated forward.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    Thanks for the info. I have an SR5 AC.

    To clarify, the 2009 rear DC headrest is the same as the ~2005 front AC headrests? If so, sounds like I need a 2009 rear DC headrest.

    When did the front headrest design change start? Was 2009 the first year?
     
  11. Apr 20, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    they need to make the design a little more solid...that shit rattles around like crazy!
     
  12. Apr 20, 2010 at 6:05 AM
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    except tilting the seat back moves your arms further away from the steering wheel.

    For me, the seat back needs to be where it needs to be and my head is not comfortable two inches forward of its "normal" location like the factory headrest forces it to be.
     
  13. May 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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    I know this post is old but I have a 2014 DC and can't believe how uncomfortable the head rest is! Design fail...
     
  14. May 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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    I like the current headrest design. I have the seatback reclined about 30 deg though.
     
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