[QUOTE=Desert Hiker;1036403]The Cherokee front head rests have a piston that drives them forward in the case of a rear ender. IIRC, the rear head rests are not "active". A friend of mine was rear ended in his Grand Cherokee and credits the head rest for saving his neck.
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Desert Hiker thanks but.... just for clarification we are discussing the Cherokee not the Grand Cherokee and in what you say regarding your friend........ it was fortunate & most definitely beneficial on his/her part.
I have personally removed both sets of head rests in the 2014 Cherokee (there was no evidence of a piston & if there were I'm sure I would not have been able to remove the front set)
Each set is identical to the other in regards to the support/insert posts, the only exception from front vs. rear is conformity & shape.
Using the rear set... up front will still allow the same neck/head protection as they are height adjustable in that area as well.
As I said before this is only an option that some may wish to consider along with the benefit of be able to fold the rear seats at any time without adjustment or effort.
I am single so the rear head rests are useless to me but would be a benefit up front as the design & contour of the current front head rests are a tad obtrusive & not to mention........ gives a much improved field of vision.
Many Thanks & Happy Trails