You have to realize that a head rest is not actually a "head rest" -- that may be convenient nomenclature, but it's incorrect! The head rest is actually a neck protector. It's entire purpose is to protect your neck vertebrae and spinal cord in case of collision. (Doesn't do much for side impact, but makes a real difference for both front and rear.)artreyman said:I actually removed the headrest and it looked pretty good.
Oh, I couldn't agree with you more on the value of headrests in general. I think they can and do help prevent serious head and neck injury and only a fool would remove them. But I think this thread was started because someone wanted to modify their's to sit flush with the top of the seat back and at some point the Active headrest came in to play. My point wasn't to dispute weather or not they help protect in frontal or rear end collisions, only to point out that modifying them to sit flush would more than likely not cause them to become ineffective. - DanTrevorS said:Frankly, I really wasn't addressing the action of the active head rest, but rather head rests generally. It could well be the Nissan active mode isn't designed to assist with frontal collision, but the fact is that in a frontal collision, first a person is thrown forward, and then they go backward (usually assisted with airbags these days). That rearward action can result in neck injury in the absence of a suitable head brace. Even without the Nissan active head rest mode, the head rest is an invaluable addition to occupant safety.