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Old 17th November 2020, 19:56   #1
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I wanted to buy a sturdy and flexible headrest bag hook for my Ecosport. It is really a useful accessory when you shop. After searching a few sites I thought of making one on my own with the help of a tinker. This is just a 15-minute job that suits all cars.

My tinker recommended buying a brass welding rod.
He bent the rod, smoothened the rough edges and installed the sleeves.


1. Brass Welding rod - 1 No - 25.00
2. Wire sleeve - 10.00
3. Tinker labour charges - 75.00
Total -110.00 (for 2 hooks)

The photos depict the story. The hooks available in Amazon are around 250/-
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Old 17th November 2020, 20:01   #2
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Aren't such hooks a safety hazard in the event of hard braking with a rear seat passenger?
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Neat and functional.

I'd suggest stowing them away when not in use. These hooks can be a potential safety hazard for rear seat occupants (belted up or not) in case of an accident.

By the way, how much approx. weight can each of these hooks take?
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I would strongly recommend rolling the end inwards so as to avoid the sharp pointed end.

A sudden stop and an unbelted passenger may end up getting very badly injured.
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I would strongly recommend rolling the end inwards so as to avoid the sharp pointed end.
Even in that case it is dangerous since the rod will still act as an anchor, and when we are expecting a possible impact with the face mostly, then it is still harmful to the eyes, nose or mouth.

IMO, this whole design is very dangerous and I would never advise it, though it looks good. A safer bet will be to get the size reduced such that the whole of the hook does not protude outside of the space between the headrest and seat, That will make things far safer. Also consider getting something in plastic, which can break on impact. Another idea would be to mount the hook facing sideways. Anything of this is better than the current setup.
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Even in that case it is dangerous since the rod will still act as an anchor, and when we are expecting a possible impact with the face mostly, then it is still harmful to the eyes, nose or mouth.

IMO, this whole design is very dangerous and I would never advise it, though it looks good. A safer bet will be to get the size reduced such that the whole of the hook does not protude outside of the space between the headrest and seat, That will make things far safer. Also consider getting something in plastic, which can break on impact. Another idea would be to mount the hook facing sideways. Anything of this is better than the current setup.
I completely agree with everything you have said.

A plastic hook facing sideways might be a much better option.
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Make something like this, safer than open ends

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Functional and neat, yes! But will I try? Not at all. Sorry but as others have pointed, it’s a big safety hazard for a very small and insignificant utility. It requires only a hard braking, not even a crash to injure the rear pax. Children can hurt themselves even without that too. There’s hardly anything made of exposed metal in the interiors of modern cars and that is for a reason.
Please use the hangers on the roof above the windows to hang anything that you might need to.

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Would suggest you get some DIY hooks instead for the grab handles on top. Will be as functional & helpful, and not pose a safety hazard either.
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Aren't such hooks a safety hazard in the event of hard braking with a rear seat passenger?
Fastened seatbelts should protect, but a bang from the back of the car is a different story. Unfortunately very few use seatbelts in the rear.

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Neat and functional.

By the way, how much approx. weight can each of these hooks take?
Generally, it depends on the headrest strength, I think it should easily carry between 3 - 5 kgs.


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I would strongly recommend rolling the end inwards so as to avoid the sharp pointed end.
I was searching for a plastic bead to seal the ends, but could not get a suitable one. Will do that.

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Even in that case it is dangerous since the rod will still act as an anchor, and when we are expecting a possible impact with the face mostly, then it is still harmful to the eyes, nose or mouth.
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I did think about this, but then one needs to remove the headrest to fix this. In this case, just a slide. Point taken and let me weld the ends.

From the safety perspective. let me plan for a better design and fix it sideways. The main advantage of hooks are fruits and veggies don't get damaged and remain fresh (due to the chillness).
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Since you drive an Ecosport, why don't you simply move this from the driver headrest to the rear seat headrest? That way, the safety concern is reduced considerably and the hook can still be from the boot.
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Since you drive an Ecosport, why don't you simply move this from the driver headrest to the rear seat headrest?
This is a good idea. The problem is the convenience is lost when I drive alone. Just I turn back and hang the shopping bag now and if moved to the backseat, then I need to get down to open the boot.

Working on a better design and will update you. Thanks.
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As many pointed , this is unsafe setup.

I have ones like these on both seats (4 nos) which are foldable and used strictly when there is no rear passenger.
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Why don't you just keep the bags on the floor with a newspaper underneath. Very clean and hassle free. As others have pointed out, your solution is dangerous even if you close the ends of the hook.

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Default Re: DIY with a Tinker: Storage hooks on the seat

I was thinking about getting one of these storage hooks off Amazon for a long time, but eventually decided against it. My reasoning was:

1. With Rear passengers - These hooks not only pose a safety threat, are unsightly but also unusable as no one likes a set of shopping bag hanging bang in front of their chest. I am too clumsy to uninstall/reinstall or even remember to turn these hooks when someone steps into the back.

2. Without rear passengers - Storing the shopping bags on the floor is safer as it is out of sight. More stable for heavier times which would certainly swing around like a pendulum and might even fly out in case the shopping bag handle (paper ones) break.
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