Aching back? Proper adjustment of vehicle seat could help

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Johnson Controls’ new seating ergonomics video shows how to avoid back pain issues

PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 25, 2016 – According to recent statistics, approximately 60 to 80 percent of us will experience mild back pain at some point in our lives. There are many reasons for this, but one common factor, especially for those who spend significant time traveling in their vehicles, is incorrect sitting posture.

With summer vacation driving season right around the corner, the seating specialists from Johnson Controls, the leading manufacturer of automotive seating systems and components globally, have produced a new eight-step video that provides easy-to-understand tips to achieve the best ergonomic adjustment of a vehicle seat.

Recaro Automotive Seating, a product group of Johnson Controls, has created this new video for drivers who want to ergonomically optimize the individual setting of their car seats. It’s available at or on YouTube at

“Correct seat adjustment and seating position of the driver and passenger is important in order to prevent or reduce back pain,” said Eric Mitchell, executive vice president for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. “In addition, with the right seating position, the risk of injury in a crash decreases, since the range of the airbags is optimized precisely to this position.”

Some of the tips include:

  • Legs should be slightly bent when reaching the pedals
  • Headrest should be level with the top of your head
  • Adjust seat length so it supports you to the back of the knees 

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and seating components and systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit 

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is a global leader in automotive seating components and systems. The company supports all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through its products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 locations worldwide, Johnson Controls is where its customers need it to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of Johnson Controls products, from single components to complete seat systems. With its global capability the company supplies more than 50 million cars per year. Johnson Controls pursues a spin-off of its Automotive Experience business. Following the separation, which is expected to take effect in October 2016, the Automotive Experience business will operate as the independent, publicly traded company Adient. Bruce McDonald will serve as the chairman and CEO of the new company. 

Recaro Automotive Seating
Recaro Automotive Seating is a product group of Johnson Controls. At eight locations in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Japan, Mexico and the United States we design, manufacture and market complete seats representative of our core competencies design, ergonomics, craftsmanship, robustness, lightweight construction and high-class workmanship under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive Seating consists of two units: Recaro Car Seating offers passenger car seats for OEMs and the aftermarket, Recaro Commercial Vehicle Seating focuses on commercial vehicle seats in the OEM and aftermarket segments.

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