Member Since: 04 Jan 2005
Location: Huon Valley, Tasmania
i've had my disco3 for 3 months and the headrest are becoming a pain in my neck - (no pun intended)
would love to be able to change it to an adjustable somehow2009 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 HSE
1985 LR 110 County 3.5 V8
11th Sep 2005 12:10 pm
Member Since: 15 Jul 2005
Location: Middleton, Manchester
I think I read somewhere that the front headrests are the way they are because of the integrated air-bags. If that is the case, then we're likely to be stuck with them the way they are. I don't think we can even get away with fitting something over the top of the existing ones to pad them out in any way. Coffeecup
March 2005 TDV6 S - Tonga Green - Manual May 2008 TDV6 SE - Stornoway Grey - Auto
Dec 2010 SDV6 XS - Galway Green - Auto
11th Sep 2005 12:13 pm
Member Since: 18 Mar 2005
Coffeecup, you are correct. The seats with fixed headrests are absolutely attricious in all ways. The air bag in the seat is not even required with all the side curtains anyway.
11th Sep 2005 1:00 pm
Member Since: 06 Jan 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
The headrests are not adjustable becuase of lawyers. In the US, any adjustment renders the headrests less than safe. This mens LR could get sued.
Hence no adjustements, we all find them uncomfortable, and LR scores very well (only one of 6 cars that get 'excellent' safety rating) and hence, no lawsuits.
That's funny because every u.s. made vehicle that I've owned has adjustable headrests....2005 Zambezi V8 SE
8th Nov 2006 7:42 am
Member Since: 16 Sep 2008
I don't know if anyone has noticed this, but the front seats in our Discos are just the same as the ones fitted in Volvos, even the adjusting levers.. just with a diferent looking headrest, but also fixed ones.
Ford Group parts sharing perhaps?
17th Apr 2009 5:29 pm
Member Since: 07 Nov 2008
Land Rover worked with Volvo on safety when the Disco3 was designed. So they may well be similar not just to keep costs down. The test results that were referred to back in 2006 are here:
Member Since: 08 Mar 2010
I had two Volvos in the past neither of which had ajustable head rests. Am guessing that it certainly is safety related and part of Volvo's design. I don't believe that any current model Volvos have adjustable head rests.
I presume the head rests have no other safety features in the D3? I.e. in a lot of Vovos the head rest moves into a different position when a rear end collision is detected so that it supports exactly the right part of the neck at the point of collision, which is why they can't be manually adjusted.
18th May 2010 4:29 pm
Member Since: 04 Apr 2010
Personally, I don't have a problem with the seats. I am pretty tall though (6'3" ish).
But lets be honest, you can't buy a landy and then complain about practicality. We drive them because we love them right?
20mpg, EPB, Longer than a bus
There not Head Rests there Head Restraints designed to stop your head from over extending in the event of a crash (bored so reading old posts)
24th Jul 2015 7:37 pm
Member Since: 07 Mar 2014
I swapped my D3 seats for D4 seats and the head rests are now adjustable. The main difference I believe is the carry over from the D2s of the grab handle at the side of the head rests. If they were not fixed, these would not be strong enough to grab onto.
My 2 cents
4th Aug 2015 12:57 pm
Member Since: 06 Mar 2017
I know it's an old thread, but has anyone tried removing the grab handles to see if the headrest will then adjust up and down?
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