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The Prius Aqua has different Headrests!

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by kindlewood, May 12, 2012.

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  1. kindlewood

    kindlewood New Member

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    I was just at Toyota's Mega Web Dealership in Odaiba, Japan yesterday, checking out the Prius Aqua and I noticed that it has different back seat headrests! They are flat and look much better than the US ones. Has anyone else seen/noticed this?

    My question is, are they compatible? If so, I'm going to look into grabbing a couple while I'm over here in Japan. I'd much rather have those in the back, than the tall, view impeding, ones we have in the US.
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    Post pic pls
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    [​IMG]

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    this one?
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    Rear headrests from the gen2 Prius will work. I tried them before we sold our 2007 prius in the c.
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  5. kindlewood

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    Nice! Do they look like the ones formula posted? Those are similar to the ones I saw in the Aqua, only they were two toned (gray and black), to match the color of the seats, and the portion that hangs over the seat when pushed all the way down appears to be a bit longer and thinner. Still, they are the same concept as in the picture.

    Daboy, I'd love to post the picture I took, but I'm using someone else's computer here in Japan and can't load the pic onto it to post.:(

    I'll post it when I get back to the US in a couple weeks, but I'm hoping someone here might have some knowledge on the subject, so I can see if it's worth pursuing while I'm still here in Japan.
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    I found many more pictures. :) hope it will be helpful.

    I think they are the same one on the Prius liftback.

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    also found pic of the battery lol

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    they have better GPS in Japan? lol it looks better than ours.

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  7. kindlewood

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    Yes, the ones in the third and fourth picture are the exact same ones I saw. I guess they are the same, they just looked thinner and longer from the angle I took the picture.

    So are these available in the US and will they fit in the C?

    If so, I'll wait until I get home to grab them (although I'm sure I could get the colors to match better, if I grabbed them here, since they already have them for the Aqua).
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    Nice pics by the way! I did a rather quick search and couldn't come up with anything useful. Nice job!!!
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    you are welcome. :) I also just the one on the prius liftback and they looks very similar, not sure if they are the same one.
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    Wow, I just noticed the seats you guys get on your end (USA), no wonder there were posts about how much it blocks the view. The seats I have are like the ones posted above (I haven't received my car yet though).
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    Borneo! That's heavy duty. Welcome to priuschat.
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    I wonder if the higher (US) versions are safety based? Perhaps they provide a bit more protection and perhaps this is a requirement? I certainly cannot see keeping them in place when no one is sitting in the back...
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    Are they supposed to be like the front seat anti-whiplash ones or something?
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    Yeah, I test drove a Prius c for the first time over the weekend at Hybrids 2 Hotrods.

    At the end (long story as to why), I had to do some tricky backing up and noticed my rear view was pretty poor due to the headrests.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Prius c owners temporarily remove them when nobody's sitting in the back.
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    SquallLHeart The Techie Guy

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    Maybe they will recall the headrests and give us some of these? One can only hope. I've learned to live with them. Yes they do reduce my view but my view usually consists of "grill or no grill" because someone is always riding my butt or there's no one behind me because they finally wised up and passed me.
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    Yep, I remove mine too. The rear seat headrests are terrible about blocking the view. I store them in the floor behind the passenger seat so they are ready for re-install if we have extra people riding with us.

    Has anyone in the States priced the lower version rear headrests?

    Deb
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    If someone sources these it's a must buy for me. Between the Matterhorn rear headrests and the dismal rear wiper swipe I have very little rearward visibility.
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    You should grab some mud guards while your there. I'll bet you could sell a load of them as they're not available in the states. I know I'd buy a set.
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    I'm hoping to get to a Japanese Toyota dealer today, to see if they are available.

    I have two children who's heads just peek over the top of the seats, so I don't dare remove them. However, the Japanese style ones (or the non-US ones, as it appears) would be perfect for them.

    The only reasons I can see why they are different is either it has to do with the size of the car and/or perhaps the likely hood that most adults, even with the option of pulling them up, would probably leave them down, which might prove to be a problem in a rear end accident.

    Still, there are numerous cars out on the road in the US that use smaller headrests, or ones that can be pulled up, so I really don't completely buy that argument. Plus, all Toyota would have to do, to be free of liability, is to explain in the owners manual that larger adults should always move the headrests up to an appropriate level. Add in pictures of what an appropriate level is and they have even less to worry about.

    Justgreat; if the opportunity presents itself, I'll ask about the availability and price of the Mud Guards. Personally, this has never been something I've thought about when I buy a car.
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