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Q: How do you adjust the head restraints in a 2012 Nissan Altima?

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How do you adjust the head restraints?

A: Head restraints are built into the front tw...

Head restraints are built into the front two seats (driver and passenger). They’re designed to provide comfort, but also to help reduce the chance of injury in an accident. They are also adjustable to fit drivers or passengers of different heights. Here’s how to get them to fit you right:

  1. Pull up on the head restraint to move it upward.

  2. Push the lock tab at the bottom of the stalks and push down on the head restraint to lower it.

If you want to remove the head restraint completely:

  • Push in on both locking tabs and pull the head restraint straight up.


  • It’s not recommended to use the seat without a head restraint in place.

  • Never adjust head restraints while the vehicle is in motion – it requires both hands.

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