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    I have noticed recently that a lot of guys are building some amazing looking rides, yet they frequently seem to be missing what I think is a crucial safety element; headrests.

    A good number of years ago I purchased a Buick Reatta convertible for my wife's daily. In Little Rock, Arkansas I was rear-ended by a semi (long story that involved a dog, cars slamming on the brakes, cars changing lanes, and a semi driver who was apparently paying little attention to what was happening right in front of him). When he hit me, I was probably traveling around 30 or 40 mph. He was doing 70. My wife's new car was totaled. I survived, with my only real injuries being two herniated discs.

    Today, those herniated discs (with impingement into my spinal column) cause frequent headaches, some so bad they last for 24-hours or more, with photophobia and vomiting.

    But here's the thing; that car had headrests. I cannot imagine the damage to my neck had the car not had them. So why do so many run without them?
    Bill Kistner
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    I often have the same question. I cringe at the thought of getting rear ended without a head rest.

    Ken
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    It's looks over safety.
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    People who build cars without head rests are idiots. I hate seeing a newly done interior with late model seats that have the head rest removed. Personally I think it looks bad not having them.

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    I put 2016 Mustang GT seats in my '68 Camaro. I kept the headrests on the front buckets and the rear seat. It blocks some of the rear window but I'm good with it..

    Carl Wilson
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    I have a friend who lost a high school buddy to this (decades ago.) The guy got rear-ended hard and the total lack of headrest snapped his neck. That was the only serious injury on him.

    Moral of the story: even a headrest that is way too low can still be better than nothing at all.

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    Head rest for me

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    Spent yesterday afternoon/evening on the couch with a crazy tension headache... Yeah, I'll stick to headrests, thank you. :P
    Bill Kistner
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    This is /was part of the reason for me choosing late model gto seats for my chevelle , now they aren't fit to the car yet but, any mods will still include headrests
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    I keep having to bite my tongue when I see cars built like this. I see really awesome builds, even fully caged cars with 5 point harnesses, running low back buckets or bench seats that have no headrests and I instantly transform to safety nazi. If I say something, I come across as a troll. How do you kindly tell someone their car is awesome except for a huge miss on basic safety? What do you say to the guy that's super excited about his really nice new seats that are unfortunately missing this important element?

    Clint - '70 Nova home-built "restomod"




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