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    Are adjustable/removable headrests a deal breaker?

    We are shopping for a newish car in the next few months (2014 - 2016). Cars in consideration currently are: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Honda CRV, and Nissan Altima.

    The Altima has fixed, non-adjustable, non-removable headrests. Would you consider this a deal-breaker?

    Kids: 5.5 (harnessed), 7.5 (HBB) Headrests don't interfere with Frontier 85 install. I tried a 15 year old friend in the back to see about height, her ears were almost at the top of the headrest (and she's probably 5'3").

    I plan to keep this car until I pass it down to my DS when he's about 17 (so about 10 years).

    Any other comments about the other vehicles are welcome!!

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    The Camry headrests are completely fixed and not adjustable at all anymore - that was just 1 of the reasons we traded our 2013.
    I wouldn't say it's a deal breaker BUT I would be cautious and I'd try a few forward facing seats including boosters before signing on the dotted line.

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    Re: Are adjustable/removable headrests a deal breaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by SavsMom View Post
    The Camry headrests are completely fixed and not adjustable at all anymore - that was just 1 of the reasons we traded our 2013.
    I wouldn't say it's a deal breaker BUT I would be cautious and I'd try a few forward facing seats including boosters before signing on the dotted line.
    Gosh, I had no idea Camry headrests were fixed now... so hard to tell from pictures! Thanks!

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    Yep - they don't even adjust up and down, they are just giant pieces of hard seat foam.

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    DS - 9/13 - Boulevard

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    Re: Are adjustable/removable headrests a deal breaker?

    I personally feel that all vehicles should have tall, adjustable, removable headrests. I don't think one buy anything that didn't follow that. I have a 12 year old that is over 5 ft and I need him to be able to sit in the backseat until he leaves for college- no necessarily all the time but for family trips and such. I also need removable headests if they push forward at all, as I am still looking at another 7-8 years of a highback booster and I need it to fit.


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    Re: Are adjustable/removable headrests a deal breaker?

    I think the headrests are the biggest problem for high back boosters. If they truly aren't removable (in our Saturn I was able to pull a clip off below the upholstery to remove them) and you don't feel comfortable going straight to a NBB if you can't find a HBB to work then I would say it's a deal breaker. I did find that our Frontiers worked better with the tilted headrests, even when it was used as a HBB than dedicated HBB's did. And with the side airbags in newer vehicles I have less reservations with kids using NBB's over HBB's (as long as they aren't sleeping/slumping).

    I'm not sure if you've looked at any Mazda's. Our 2014 Mazda3 has adjustable/removable headrests in all 3 back seat spots. Not sure if the Mazda6 (since the vehicles you mentioned are larger) is the same.
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    Re: Are adjustable/removable headrests a deal breaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillipop View Post
    I personally feel that all vehicles should have tall, adjustable, removable headrests. I don't think one buy anything that didn't follow that. I have a 12 year old that is over 5 ft and I need him to be able to sit in the backseat until he leaves for college- no necessarily all the time but for family trips and such. I also need removable headests if they push forward at all, as I am still looking at another 7-8 years of a highback booster and I need it to fit.


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    I completely agree. It's a deal breaker for me.
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    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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