The US-Spec are much larger in size, maybe due to rewquired safety standards or something. I hopped on the Australian Mazda site, to a look at the Gallery and sure enough they were different - more sleek and sexy, plus didn't get in the way as much when folding the seats flat. User Inodes was the one who informed me of this on another thread.
Happy to source prices from Mazda Australia and Mazda Japan. You might find getting them from Japan might be a little cheaper.
Other option is that your go through Mazda USA to order the headrests as a spare part. There should be distinct part numbers.
i'd have to agree...having tried to get my seats to fold down the other day, it wasn't quite as easy...because I still had to go over to the side and push the headrest down in order to have it flat. Would be interested in checking out how to source them and how much they are.
I can tell you that if either of the passenger's seats is all the way back in the Australian version (with the short headrests), the seats need a push to go all the way down. They just fit.
If the seats through are one notch forward, the seats can forward all the way down just by releasing the lever.
I contacted my dealership in the US and received the below response:
"I did talk to parts and did some research my self, could not find the smaller rear headrests. You can get them in different colors, just not different size. Let me see if we can find it aftermarket."
So it might be harder to acquire the Aus-Spec headrests than I thought. I can live with having the seats 1 notch forward...no problem, but having to fold them everytime? No thanks. If there aren't any aftermarket available I'm going to check if a local upholstrey shop can modify the current ones at all and find me some space.
I am recontacting my dealer to see if they have part numbers for the AUS/JAPAN spec rear headrests. I still want those. I called a few automotive upholstrey shops locally and for some reason they seem hesitant to do a custom job to reduce the size of the US-Spec headrests.