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Old 08-11-2003, 18:24   #1 (permalink)
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Am I the only one with a sore neck?

Brand new 2003 ZX5 (with the 2.3l PZEV engine plus a lot of bells and whistles).

Problem: I'm 6'4" tall. I love the knee room and general comfort. BUT I cannot find any adjustment of seat height, seatback angle, and headrest position that does not push my head forward so hard that my neck hurts.

Analysis: Headrests used to go pretty much straight up in line with the seatback. Most people go through life hunched over to some extent and thus we modern Americans typically have lousy posture. So the older style headrests (like on the Escorts I drove from 1981 until a couple of weeks ago) ended more than an inch behind most people's heads. This has been discovered to be a _bad thing_, because with that much distance to the headrest, it does not prevent whiplash injury in a rear-end collision. Thus the _new, improved_ design ensures the driver won't get whiplash.

The problem is that those of us who have decent posture, with straight backs and our heads positioned above our shoulders the way they're supposed to be, can't sit in the Focus driver's seat.

Questions:

1. Has anyone else you're aware of experienced the same problem?

2. Have you found a solution?

3. Is Ford aware of the problem and are they planning to do something to accommodate us tall guys?
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Old 08-11-2003, 20:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Am I the only one with a sore neck?

I moved this post from the Ford World Wide News forum to in here. Where I think you'll get more response to your question.
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Old 08-11-2003, 20:59   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Am I the only one with a sore neck?

Thanks. That's where I thought I was posting. First time in this forum and I guess I got a bit lost in the navigation.
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