Kia Sportage: Front headrest - Front seat adjustment - power - Seats - Safety features of your vehicle - Kia Sportage SL Owners ManualKia Sportage: Front headrest

Third generation SL (20102016) / Kia Sportage SL Owners Manual / Safety features of your vehicle / Seats / Front seat adjustment - power / Front headrest

The driver's and front passenger's seats are equipped with a headrest for the occupant's safety and comfort.

The headrest not only provides comfort for the driver and front passenger, but also helps protect the head and neck in the event of a rear collision.

For maximum effectiveness in case of an accident, the headrest should be adjusted so the middle of the headrest is at the same height of the center of gravity of an occupant's head. Generally, the center of gravity of most people's head is similar with the height of the top of their eyes. Also, adjust the headrest as close to your head as possible. For this reason, the use of a cushion that holds the body away from the seatback is not recommended.

WARNING - Headrest removal/adjustment

Adjusting the height up and down

To raise the headrest, pull it up to the desired position (1). To lower the headrest, push and hold the release button (2) on the headrest support and lower the headrest to the desired position (3).

Forward and backward adjustment

The headrest may be adjusted forward to several different positions by pulling the headrest foward and upward at 30 to 45 degrees.

To adjust the headrest to it's furthest backward position, pull it fully forward to the farthest position and release it.

Adjust the headrest so that it properly supports the head and neck.


Excessive pulling or pushing may damage the headrest.


If you recline the seatback towards the front with the headrest and seat cushion raised, the headrest may come in contact with the sunvisor or other parts of the vehicle.


Type A

Type B

To remove the headrest:

1. Recline the seatback(2) with the recline lever or switch(1).
2. Raise headrest as far as it can go.
3. Press the headrest release button (3) while pulling the headrest up (4).


NEVER allow anyone to ride in a seat with the headrest removed.

Type A

Type B

To reinstall the headrest :

1. Put the headrest poles (2) into the holes while pressing the release button (1).
2. Recline the seatback(4) with the recline lever or switch(3)
3. Adjust the headrest to the appropriate height.


NEVER allow anyone to ride in a seat with the headrest removed.

Active headrest

The active headrest is designed to move forward and upward during a rear impact. This helps prevent the driver's and front passengers heads from moving backward and thus helps minimize neck injuries.

If there is any problem with the active headrest, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer and have the system checked.

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