Manual: 2011/2012 Boxster

Page: 25

Seat Adjustment and Head Restraints

Seat Adjustment While Driving

The seat may move unexpectedly if you attempt to adjust while driving. This could cause sudden loss of control, resulting in serious personal injury or death.

  • Do not adjust seats while the vehicle is in motion.
    The backrest locks must be engaged at all times while the vehicle is in motion.

Improper Safety Belt Use

Safety belts only offer protection when the backrest is upright and the belts are properly positioned on the body.

Improperly positioned safety belts or safety belts worn by passengers in an excessively reclined position can cause serious personal injury or death in an accident.

  • Do not operate the car with the driver or passenger backrests excessively reclined (see "Seat position").

Seat Adjustment

If persons or animals are within the range of movement of the seat, they could become trapped or crushed when you adjust the seat.

  • Adjust the seat so that no-one is put at risk.
  • Do not activate the seat memory if there is any risk of the seat crushing the occupant.
  • Cancel automatic adjustment by pressing any of the seat adjustment buttons.
  • Do not leave children in the vehicle unattended.



Risk of damage to windshield, sun visor, etc. when the seat is adjusted or folded back or forward.

  • Adjust the seat so that the seat backrest is not in contact with any other object.

The driver and passenger seats provide integrated head restraints in the backrests. The head restraints are not adjustable.

Failure to Adjust Backrests

All occupants, including the driver, should not operate a vehicle or sit in a vehicle's seat until the head restraints and backrests, respectively, are placed in their proper positions so that the risk of neck injuries is minimized in the event of a crash.

  • For proper positioning of the head restraint, the seatback's inclination should be adjusted such that the head restraint is in an upright position.
  • Driver and passengers should be seated upright and in the center of their seats.

Seat position
An ergonomically correct sitting position is important for safe and fatigue-free driving.

We recommend the following procedure for adjusting the driver's seat to suit individual requirements:

  1. Vehicles with manual transmission:
    Adjust the seat until, with the clutch pedal fully depressed, your leg remains at a slight angle.
    Vehicles with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK):
    Adjust the seat until, with your left foot on the footrest, your left leg remains at a slight angle.
  2. Rest your outstretched arm on the steering wheel.
    Set the backrest angle (not applicable for Sports bucket seat) and the steering-wheel position so that your wrist rests on the outer rim of the steering wheel. At the same time, the shoulders must still be in noticeable contact with the backrest.
  3. Adjust the seat height (not applicable for Sports bucket seat) to give yourself enough headroom and a good overview of the vehicle.
  4. Electrically adjustable seat: Adjust the seat angle until your thighs rest lightly on the seat cushion.