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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question 2014 Outback Driver's Seat Design

I have a 2014 Outback, and I have a serious problem with the shape of the driver's seat. I did not discover it on the test drive, but the seat causes severe lower and upper back pain that lasts through the day. I have never had back pain before - it is definitely from the seat design. I have tried $600 of different back supports, consulted the dealer about switching seats or seat backs (they say you can't because of the air bag sensors), adjusted the electronic controls. I have read everything I can find, so it isn't going to help to know that the seat, like all car seats, fits some people great. Given that I already own the car and I am crippled with new back pain every time I drive it, does anyone have suggestions? I have officially reached a state of panic and desperation.

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I actually bought my 2014 OB because of my lower back problem. I needed something easier to get into than my previous Jeep Liberty. I did make some minor adjustments to the OB seat when I took delivery, but my most important adjustments were to the steering wheel--it's up as high and far back as it will go. By doing so, I'm able to rest my arms on the centre console and door armrest, taking pressure off my back. I do find the seat to be supportive, and although my longest non-stop drive has only been two hours, I was very comfortable. So, perhaps try adjusting the steering wheel to see if it helps.

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Tx lem1. As per my post, I realize that other people find it comfortable, and I have tried every adjustment of the seats and steering wheel and about $600 of back supports and inquired of dealer about swapping out seats. Hoping someone has a new thought, other than trading the car for an older model, which I think is my only option. Thank you for the suggestions, though! Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Sorry to hear about your back issues with the seat! I find my '11 to be comfortable but on occasion I wish it was a little differently shaped or had the lumbar support that higher-end models of the Outback have (I have a base model).

I personally can't think of anything else that may change your issue regarding aftermarket products or adjustments to the existing system. Perhaps instead of taking a massive hit on trading the car for an older version or a different make all together, make a stop at your doctor to get a checkup and let him/her know what's happening. The problem could be stemming more with a new health issue (may have started with the new seat or is made noticeable with the new seat).

Who knows, a quick visit to the doctor or chiropractor might be easier and better for your finances than trading in a brand new car.

Good luck!

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I would suggest Recaro seats but it might be expensive and you don't know if it's going to be comfortable unless you find a way to test it first. Good luck!
Reupholstsery shops can also modify the seat for you and it's going to be less expensive than Recaro seat.

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