Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

Driving With Dogs Isn’t As Safe As You Think… Look At These Tests.

As a pet owner, you are responsible for your pet's safety at all times. A pet is like your kid, and you have to treat him or her like it, especially in your car.

Many people who travel with their dog in the car, typically don't have them strapped in underneath a seatbelt. Instead, most dogs are allowed to roam free in the back seat area. But what happens when you unexpectedly get into a car crash of some sort? You have a seat belt and an air bag ready to save you but what does your dog have?

Center for Pet Safety has conducted a new crash-rest study to analyze how well various crates, pet carriers, pilot seats and harnesses kept dogs and cats from harm's way during a car crash.

They used weighted dog and cat dummies in the tests. No real live animals were harmed. But the results were not reassuring.

Eight different popular models of carriers were tested to see how well they could withstand a front vehicle collision going at the speed of 30 mph.

In order for the carrier to be considered safe, the dog needed to stay fully within the carrier the entire time and remain fixed to the securing points.

Out of the eight carriers, only two were successful in the CPS's safety criteria, which were the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed and Pet Ego Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier. The rest of the carriers failed the test as they either detached from the anchors or failed to keep the animal inside.

Four different models of pet crates were tested for how the anchor straps and structure would withstand a collision of 31 mph.

Four different models of pet crates were tested for how the anchor straps and structure would withstand a collision of 31 mph.

To pass this test, the crate needed to keep the animal inside, had to be secure enough to not touch the stimulated rear seat, and needed to maintain "structural integrity." Only one of the four crates were successful, the Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate.

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