Yes, valid statement, that was definitely a concern and another reason I purchased a spare one to experiment with. Not knowing what metal is used, I did my best not to overstress it and bend as little as possible. I have some experience with bending electrical conduits, small pipe tubing, construction rods, etc. and how the metal reacts to bending. These rods don’t bend easily, hence the two white extension pipes I used. I took my time and went slowly not to generate heat, weather that made a difference, I don’t know, but at least I took it into account. I didn’t notice any stress fractures or chipped coating at the bending points. I did notice they “spring back” which made it tricky to get symmetry. The black foam mold/casing didn’t show any signs of damage either. In my case with such a short distance bend, I don’t think it compromised the metal that much. We also set the headrest as low as possible to keep the leverage point at a minimum, but still within the adjustment guidelines. I would like to think my precautions minimized any negative effects and kept the integrity within the original safety margin of design.
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