Originally Posted by riggz
There isn't really a legal issue here as you are not really messing with any safety feature. I don't think a cop would be able to write a citation for installing washers under your seats....
Also you are not secured to the seats. You are secured to the seat belts, which are not being altered in this case. If you were involved in a collision the seatbelts would lock down before the seatback would be able to move much.
I totally agree with you on being attached to the seatbelt, not the seat. Still...I could see an insurance adjustor/lawyer having fun with this one.
Okay...here's another side to look at:
Suppose you have a passenger riding in the back and you get involved in an accident. Your buddy (assuming) could potentially sue you for your mod to the seat (assuming he is injured). The latch pin was designed to go into the latch (locking plate) a certain distance (I'm assuming...) so any modification to that would/could poise a safety issue. I realize the chances of the seat back coming forward is probably next to nil.
This mod is probably okay. It's the probable chance that it isn't that worries me. I have a small child that sits in the back seat and I'd never forgive myself if something happened as a result of neglect on my part (the spacer in the seat.)
If it were just me (and/or my wife) I probably wouldn't care. I guess I tend to error on the side of caution in my old age.