Lol, Maybe "loud" isnt the word i wanted; "showy" would probably be better! I really like the look of the red hooks-on some colors. It does add a bit of definition and detail to the vehicle. Maybe i just have hook or TH envy!
As far as breakaway/crash safety... I have not had the opportunity to test the front impact with the brackets installed... However, if someone would be willing to loan me their KL, I would be glad to test out the design in a front impact. LOL, JK.
That is seriously something I was looking at, as the original metal parts that I replaced were designed to crumple in a crash. The posts I use do not have any type of breakaway or crush-tech built in as I don't know how to do that without degrading their strength to a point where they will be useless. Therefore, in the event of a front-end crash, the brackets will likely do some punching into whatever they hit. With that being said, I do not think that it will be a major issue, or be capable of causing any life-threatening injury in an accident. The posts themselves are a little less than 8" long, and only about 3-4 inches of that is past sturdier parts of the car such as the radiator or bumper.
In the event of a head-on crash, the brackets may cause damage to the front end of the opposing car, but I think it will be negligible. In the event of a side-impact crash (T-Bone) with the KL hitting the side of another vehicle, once again, I do not think they will extend far enough to cause any appreciable harm more than what will be done by the overall accident.
On a side note, as far as distance the hook extends out from the bumper... I have been looking at the possibility of having the hook extend further if desired by a purchaser. I should be able to extend them another 1/2", but any further would not be possible with the hooks I used on mine.