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Old 06 Apr 2013, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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seat causes neck and upper back pain

I purchased a new 2012 Subaru Impreza a year ago. I love everything about it except that about six months into ownership I realized the connection between my constant neck and upper back pain and my driver side seat. I have since raised the seat all the way up and pulled the steering wheel forward, and this helped some. However, my neck and upper back pain has returned with a vengeance. My head feels pushed forward and my visibility is compromised in this position with the seat raised up so high. I feel so tightly crammed in there and my head almost touches the top of the car. I am only 5'3". Does anyone else have this problem, and if so, how have you dealt with it?
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Old 09 Jul 2013, 10:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: seat causes neck and upper back pain

Unfortunately, I have the same problem. I find the head "rests" are far too forward, causing my neck to misalign. I've debated removing the "rests" altogether after trying many methods of seat position and alignment (though fear of whiplash in an accident has prevented me from doing so). Nothing seems to fix the problem. I have had an increasing amount of pain in my neck and this is the only change I've made in the past 2 years or so.

I find that the seat forcing you to remain stationary and the headrest causing your head to bend forward.

Note: I am 5'8" so of fairly average height, so it can't just be due to shortness!
Model: 2012 Subaru Impreza sedan... leather seats.

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Old 11 Jul 2013, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: seat causes neck and upper back pain

not had issues with mine, although its a hawkeye and im 6 foot.

could always switch the seats out for something else?
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