Are you willing to share how much your guy charged you?
And this is "ok" as far as safety things go? It would be acceptable to use with a backless or no booster and that sort of installed headrest and consider it as safe as something from the factory? (ok, seriously. It's probably *safer* but I have to ask)
I'm loving this idea. We own an auto service shop, so we have good working relationships with the salvage yard, dealers and body shops. I'm thinking that Friday's project will be to start searching and pricing!
He charged me $50 to do the welding. I have no idea if I could find someone to do it cheaper. I was just so relieved to finally find someone who was willing to modify a vehicle seat. Everyone's talking about liability, and I don't know anyone personally who is an experienced welder.
So if you add in the $75 for the bench seat, that's $125 for 2 headrests. I figure $62.50 per headrest is quite reasonable, since it would cost that much just to buy all the parts separately.
As far as safety goes, I just considered the force it would take to break TWO welded joints. There's not much leverage there; a person's head is only about 6-8" above the joint. And the foam would absorb a lot of impact. So really, if someone's head hit hard enough to break both joints, they wouldn't be alive to worry about what the headrest was doing.