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Old 10-08-2011, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife and I are fairly short (sorry, I mean vertically challenged). I'm 5-3 and she is 4-11, and we find the front passenger seat particularly low. There's no vertical adjustment that I am aware of and I'm wondering why they made it so low, and if there is a fix other than seat cushions?
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My wife and I are fairly short (sorry, I mean vertically challenged). I'm 5-3 and she is 4-11, and we find the front passenger seat particularly low. There's no vertical adjustment that I am aware of and I'm wondering why they made it so low, and if there is a fix other than seat cushions?
There have been several previous complaints here on the forum, just like yours. I know of no real fix. I think I read where somebody made some spacers, but they would be pretty complicated, not just risers with a hole thru the middle. Also, crash safety may be comprimised by altering height in any manner.
Sorry I don't have something more positive.
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Thanks. Guess I'll just use cuishions.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Everyone that sits in mine says the same thing. The saleman gave us some explanation that it is for security reasons. Is is safer to have the seat lower to be able to be protected by re-enforced beams in the Sonata's door.

Now is that true or is it BS I can't confirm.
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yup my GF complained about the low seats too
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Weird, my wife's 5'1" (being generous) and she's fine in ours... I've seen products on the market for boosting height, Google around and I'm sure you can find something to safely booster you...

To be honest, I don't really see how the safety comment from the dealer is relevant... I'm sure there's a bit to be said about more of your body being protected by metal, but for someone like me who's 6'2", a large portion of my body is above metal either way... As long as your seat belt is properly secured you should be fine, whether with a seat enhancement or without, and I'd actually venture to say that adding some height to the seat will allow for the seat belt to fit better across you, considering that most are designed to work optimally closer to the 'average' American height of 5'10"...
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I just noticed you have the GLS - we have the Limited, which does have a power height adjustment; that's why my 'vertically challenged' wife doesn't have any issue.
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I just noticed you have the GLS - we have the Limited, which does have a power height adjustment; that's why my 'vertically challenged' wife doesn't have any issue.
How did you manage to get a power adjustable passenger seat?
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My bad, missed the 'passenger seat' portion... We have no adjustment either in that case.

My other statements still stand!
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Wonder if it is possible to purchase and mount another driver seat in the passenger side and wire it up and move the seatbelt buckle to the other side.

The only thing I can think off is they made it low to allow passengers to get in and out easily especially with the sloped roof line. Or they assumed more passengers will be tall, so giving optimum headroom. Just a guess here. I guess Hyundai engineers are the only ones who know the real reason.
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