headrest angles issues

3 Facts about problematic headrest angles

You are not alone!  16% of people suffer from the angles, head restraints are a safety feature, but they should not push your head forward. Their angles were established for a gap of 2in behind the head of an average person. Not everyone is average and for 16% of people the headrest pushes the head forward instead of having a backset gap.   

statistical data shows that 16% of population will have issues with headrest angles

❌ 3 unsafe headrest modifications

Head restraints are a safety element designed to protect from whiplash injury.  They are not pillows.  Their safety function is compromised by these three unsafe modifications:
  1. Removing headrests
  2. Flipping them backwards: gap too large for protection
  3. Bending the posts: weakens the designed strength

      Whiplash is not a rare injury, approximately every 15 seconds, an American sustains a whiplash injury, most at speeds less than 12mph.

      sketch showing whiplash neck hyperextension when headrest flipped backwards

       

       

      ❌ 3 types of cushions that DO NOT solve headrest angles

      1. Headrest pillows: worsens the problem by pushing the head further forward

      2. Lumbar or back cushions: do not address headrest angles and can push the thigh forward on the seat causing new pressure points behind the knees

      3. Seat cushions: don't address headrest angles ineffective cushions neck lumbar and seat

       

      ✅  1 cushion SOLVES headrest angle issues

      Giraffe Cushion: repositions the torso to provide an ergonomic neck alignment which solves the problem of headrests pushing the head forward

         torso cushion icon and overlay in car seat

         

        Related article : 3 Keys to solving headrest angles

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