My wife and I recently acquired a 2010 Toyota Rav. As part of their efforts to get a five star safety rating and to meet new federal requirements Toyota has implemented active head restraints in this car. Unfortunately, this also means that the headrests cant forward at a ridiculous angle and cause excruciating neck pain after about fifteen minutes of driving. We took the car into the dealer, and while all the service people agreed that the headrests look like a bad design, they are not allowed to make any modifications under federal law.
My solution has been to take the headrests out and turn them around, which reduces the chronic neck pain issue, but of course defeats the purpose of having a head restraint in the first place. Having previously had a neck injury, I would like to avoid the experience again. I'm left with the conundrum of accepting Toyota's design and a chronic neck injury, or risking an acute neck injury.
I've thought of trying to build a bending jig to add about 10 degrees of back bend into the head rest posts, but I'm hesitant. I also have tried driving the car with the seats angled way back, but this doesn't seem to be of much help either.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.