Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yep. No headrests.


The comfy back seat of the 2008 Focus...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Help me Mr. Wizard!!! Ahhh Tutor my boy, when will you ever learn? Trizzle, trazzle, truzzle trumm. Time for this one to come home!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a sheet of cardboard with a bit of foam and some material stretched over it.

Oooh, that says quality.

Anonymous said...

You do know that headrests can be removed for photofraphy purchases or perhaps someone on the assembly line was angry at this version and wanted the Euro style one instead.

Unknown said...

"You do know that headrests can be removed for photofraphy purchases or perhaps someone on the assembly line was angry at this version and wanted the Euro style one instead."

No, no. This is how it is in all of the '08 Focus models. Really dumb if you ask me. I'm pretty sure this is the last car in it's class that doesn't have adjustable headrests, or at least noticeable headrests in the back...

Anonymous said...

That is strange, Vince. I thought the requirement now is every seat must have a head restraint like their European counterpart.

Yeah, those back seat is soooo thin.

Vince Burlapp said...

I knew it wasn't exactly like in Europe where rear seats have actually 3 headrests.
I thought the US did require something.
This is basic safety.

But these are the same people who were still using lap belts only in the rear seats (Escort in the 90's) when everyone else had moved forward.
There was a show on TV years ago (like 20/20) showing the results of rear lap belts on kids in a crash. Most of them ended up in wheelchairs.
Yet it took Ford years to change that.
They are the same people who refused to reenforce the A pillars in the F150 for years.
There is a patern. (Pinto, Crown Victoria etc...)
These guys see only one way of making more profits: cut down on safety and quality right now. A quick short term fix.
When most others will try to make better cars (GM), and improve their image. This takes longer.
You might not see more profit at the end of the 1st year.
Enventually, years from now, Ford might still have some crappy cars out there. While GM (and others) will actually sell more with more profit.

Ford need to clean house. Get new people.

Anonymous said...

The Fit doesn't have headrests in the back seat either. Just little bumps to suggest the idea of a headrest. But no headrest nontheless.

The upcoming Focus is an ugly little bastard, hyperbole isn't needed.

Anonymous said...

SAFETY!...YOU WANT SAFETY? Not to worry. Headlights linked to sat-nav systems are in the works at good ol' Ford. With something like that in the works along with slapping chrome bars on the front of everything, who needs 3 point seat belts, stability control systems or head rests?

FORD...What the heck are you doing?!

Others: Before you lable me a Ford hater, I am considering the purchase of a Mercury Milan or 2009 Mazda 6.

JM

Anonymous said...

The new fit does have headrests, they are adjustable and go down and over the rear seat to allow for better rearward visability. Shame on you Ford... cost cutting at the expense of safety... time to wake up Ford

Anonymous said...

those look like the backseats i have on my 1988 corolla.. going to suffer major neck injures if involved in an accident

Anonymous said...

Look closely. The headrests are adjustable on the Fit.
http://sohc.vtec.net/news_files/710132/11.jpg

JW said...

I don't see the problem with no headrests in the back. They look like they would be in the way when looking out the rear window, and I don't even use the headrest in the driver's seat of my car. When I sit in the back seat, I like to lean my head back all the way and look out the window..can't do that when there's headrests

Anonymous said...

JW,

I'm sure you know that a good headrest is supposed to protect you from whiplash injuries when your car is rear ended.If you got one out there you may want to start using it. All I'm saying out there is becareful out there. You won't be able to turn your head at all with a neck brace on.

JM (Dad)

Anonymous said...

Vince, it is still sad that we the consumers would allow the manufacturers to go 'cheap' on safety equipment. did you know that even the '07 chevy express van and ford e-series van still have lapbelts and no headrests for most of the seats. 2007! on the other hand, dodge sprinter (basically a mercedes sprinter) has shoulder belts and headrests on all 10 seats!

Anonymous said...

JW:
This is the reason why the rear headrests are adjustable or removable. I am really hope you will change your mind on using the headrestraint in the driver seat. I know everyone thinks accidents won't happen to him but that is why it is called an accident... Please reconsider and put back the headrestraint and use it right. It has to be high enough (about two inches below the top of your head) to cradle the head and forward enough to take the impact.

Anonymous said...

"...But these are the same people who were still using lap belts only in the rear seats (Escort in the 90's) when everyone else had moved forward."

Uh, which year was that? Most all 90s Escorts I saw had rear shoulder belts at the outboard seats. Now the center seat didn't, but really how many vehicles didn't have them in center rear until recently, or still don't have them now...

And I think it is very odd that the same 90s Escort did have rear seat head restraints that were actually high enough to be useful (on the sedan anyway) where as now, they are gone. Of course, the 90s Escort I am talking about was designed by Mazda.