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RE: Headrest removal & replacement

Ok, head "restraints".   I read (but can't recall where) that the A6 head
restraints were rated among the worst in an analysis by some organization
or other.  I agree with this - the restraints are too far away from the head
(height is not the problem) to offer protection in the event of a crash.  I know
my old 4000CSQ did not have this problem.  A6 owners:  ever notice how
far back you have to lean your head before it touches the restraint?

From: 	Jim Griffin[SMTP:JGriff@pobox.com]
Sent: 	Wednesday, April 24, 1996 10:09 PM
To: 	McIntyre, Richard
Cc: 	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
Subject: 	Re: Headrest removal & replacement

At 12:44 PM 04/24/96 -0400, you wrote:
>Does anyone know how to remove headrests?  I have an A6Q, and the
>front headrests are positioned in such a way as to be fairly useless. I
>was thinking of trading the front headrests with the rear, since the rear
>have angled posts which, when installed on the front seats, should 
>position the headrest far enough forward to be useful.
>Thoughts on this idea?

Well, I have always known them to be head RESTRAINTS, not headrests, for the
purpose of offering protection against whiplash in the event of an accident.
I have never been in ANY car where I have felt that they would serve as
headrests, especially American cars. In most other cars, the head
"restraints" are useless, since they only go up to the back of the neck
(which would tend to increase the whiplash effect!!). In Audis (and most
German cars), they are just perfect. (And if they intended them to be
pillowy soft cushions to rest our skulls on, they'd have made them that
way.... for comfort, not safety!!)

So, if I were you, I wouldn't change a thing. Those wonderful, crafty
Germans have engineered it this way for your protection.

And personally, I do not feel comfortable with my head pressed back against
a "headrest", since it seems too restrictive to proper and safe driving. I
feel less alert, and less in "touch" with the car. But hey, that's me!!

Just my $.02!!

                      Jim Griffin
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