If you’re like many people, you’ve probably invested in some sort of safety restraint for car rides with your dog or cat. But have you ever wondered just how safe those restraints are?
The Center for Pet Safety (CPS), working with Subaru of America, recently investigated some of the safety claims of pet crates, carriers and pet seats in a crash-test study.
The shocking videos show less-than-stellar results. “As it turns out, many of the products … actually offered little in the way of protection,” says CPS.
“While many crate and carrier manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested and safe for use in a vehicle, there are currently no test protocols or performance standards in the U.S. to substantiate these claims,” notes CPS.
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The following were the top performers in crash tests:
Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps (affiliate link): “Far and away the most impressive crate tested,” according to the safety organization. It “was able to withstand the most significant forces generated in CPS testing.”
Pet Ego Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier (affiliate link): This top-performing pet carrier “used an innovative ISOFIX-Latch connection to snap the carrier firmly into place and fully contain the test dog throughout the crash test.”
Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock: This carrier “snugly straps into the seat and showed no evidence of damage after crash testing.”
None of the 4 brands tested passed the CPS’s crash tests. That means pet seats are not the way to go if you want to keep your pet secured and safe at speeds above 30 mph.
Sleepypod Clickit Utility (affiliate link): Although current testing didn’t cover car harnesses, 2013 results showed that this Sleepypod harness was a top performer. The “test dog remained restrained during every test,” CPS noted.
Source: The Dodo