How to remove the headrest in Kia Sportage

This article walks you through the process of removing the headrest in a Kia Sportage.

Whether you’re looking to replace it or have other reasons for taking it off, we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide. Removing the headrest is a relatively simple process and can be done without any special tools.

Raise the Headrest

Begin by raising the headrest as far as it can go. If there isn’t any room and the headrest touches the roof of the vehicle, recline the seatback forward of backward.

Locate the Headrest Release Button

The headrest release button is your key to removing the headrest. It is located on the base of the headrest, on one of the rods that connect the headrest to the seat.

Press and Hold the Release Button

With one hand, locate and press the headrest release button. It may be a small button or a lever, depending on the model of your Kia Sportage. Keep the button pressed.

Remove the Headrest

While holding the release button, use your other hand to pull the headrest upward. You may need to apply some force, but be gentle to avoid damaging the headrest or the seat. Continue pulling the headrest upward until it is completely removed from the seat. The headrest should slide off the rods.

Reinstall the Headrest

To put the headrest back in, simply align the headrest rods with the slots in the seat. The rods should easily slide into the slots. While doing this, press and hold the release button to ensure the headrest is securely in place.

Once it’s properly aligned, push the headrest down until it clicks into position.


Removing the headrest in a Kia Sportage is a straightforward process. Just follow the steps outlined above, and you’ll be able to remove and reinstall the headrest with ease. Whether you’re looking to replace the headrest, clean the seat, or make any other adjustments, knowing how to remove the headrest can be a handy skill to have.

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Author: Nabeel K

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