:shrug: I really don't know. I wouldn't want to try to convince anyone that this bracket is sufficient in any kind of collision. Especially in a front end or an overturn. The manufacturer didn't make any claims (that I saw) regarding this nor did I see anything about a guarantee concerning it's strength or about any testing regarding these safety questions. The brackets seem pretty strong to me but but common sense tells me that the original setup might be safer. My opinion is that maybe this is why they are selling so high - they have to collect enough to pay the product liability insurance (just a thought). I can only say that everyone will just have to ask themselves if they want to gain the comfort of the extra leg room - and then just hope for the best where the safety issue is concerned. Personally that's what I did, because I luv almost every other thing about my RAV - it's a fun yet practical, dependable ride with all the power you could ever want in an SUV and it still delivers decent fuel mileage with the V6, and I'm not giving it up for a gas guzzling lead sled that doesn't have enough power to get out of its own way!What would happen in a rear end collision? I imagine it would be the seat holding your body mass at this point and not the seat belt.
However you decide - good luck.