Driving with dog in your cars is dangerous
As part of your family, your dog will need to travel, but there are some important tips to remember before you take your dog in your car.
Just as you have a car seat and wear a seat belt in car, so your dog should be restrained when travelling in a car. This will stop your dog jumping around and distracting the driver, but will also help prevent injuries to your family and your dog in an accident. To restrain a dog, you could use a dog harness attached to seat belt, a dog crate, you can use a crate or buy a special travel one or in a station wagon (estate car), a partition between the load area and back seat. However, these tips do not guarantee that your dog will be safe during your travel. Even using crates, harnesses and carriers with substandard products might put your dog into total danger.
Center for Pet Safety (CPS) in partnership with Subaru of America conducted a crash-test for various products such as pet carriers, pet crates, pet seats and pet harnesses for dog’s safety during car collisions. You’ll be surprised as the results turned out to be alarming. The dogs and cats shown in the videos during the tests are dummies. No live dogs were harmed during the tests.
Eight different pet carrier products design to be put in car cabins and were tested if how they can withstand in simulated speed of 30mph car front crash. To pass the CPS criteria or for the product considered really safe for pet, the carrier must have the dog fully remain within during the car crash.
Among the eight, only two products had successfully met CPS’s safety criteria. Most products were detached from the anchors or worst case, it fails to retain the dog within the carrier.
The following carrier products were tested:
- Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed Carrier [Passed] (watch video here)
- Pet Ego Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier (and ISOFIX-Latch Connection) [Passed] (watch video here)
- Snoozer Roll Around Travel Dog Backpack 4-in-1 Carrier (watch video here)
- PetBuckle Auto Kennel Restraint (watch video here)
- Petmate Compass Dog Carrier (tested with the PetBuckle Auto Kennel Restraint) (watch video here)
- PetMate Vari-Kennel Plastic Carrier (watch video here)
- Kurgo Wander Carrier (watch video here)
- Pet Ego Pet Tube (watch video here)
For pet crates, CPS tested six various products (though the two were under investigative testing) if how’s the structure of the crate and its anchor straps strongly will hold up during the collision at speed of 31mph. To pass the test, crates must be secured enough not to contact on the (simulated) vehicle’s rear seat. The crate’s and its strap needs to maintain its structural integrity to ensure the dog remained inside.
Out of six only a single crate brand passed the test.
The following crates products were tested:
- Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate [Passed] (watch video here)
- Mim Safe Variocage Single Crate (watch video here)
- 4Pets Proline Milan Crate (watch video here)
- Roto Mold, LLC. Ruff Tough Kennel Crate (watch video here)
- Midwest Wire Kennel Crate with Rubber Anchor Straps (watch video here)
- Midwest Wire Kennel Crate with Reinforced Cage Support System (watch video here)
CPS tested another product of four pet seat brands, each pet seats design is to keep the dog secure in a vehicle’s cabin seat however not enclosed. These tests are the CPS first tests for pet seats and passing or failing the test is cannot be determined yet.
However, none of those tested brands kept those dummy dogs secure in collision at speed of 30mph. CPS determined one thing for sure, these products are not safe and could leave your dog at risk.
The following pet seat products were tested:
- PupSaver Peat Seat(watch video here)
- Snoozer Lookout I Car Seat: Medium (watch video here)
- Kurgo Skybox Booster Pet Seat (watch video here)
- PetSmart Top Paw Booster Seat (Private Label of Solvit Booster Seat) (watch video here)
Though CPS’s latest tests has harnesses products included, which is also crucial for keeping
the dog restrained to its seats without a form of an enclosure, however, they’ve conducted a
test last 2013 for eight different products. The criteria to pass the test required dummy
animals to remain on its seat on the collision.
Among the eight, only one harness brand met the standards.
The following harnesses products were tested:
- Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness[Passed] (watch video here)
- IMMI PetBuckle Harness(watch video here)
- Kurgo Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Harness (watch video here)
- RC Pet Canine Friendly Crash Tested Harness (watch video here)
- Bergan Car Harness (watch video here)
- Klein Metal Allsafe Harness (watch video here)
- Ruff Rider Harness (watch video here)
- Solvit Safety Harness (Original) – Catastrophic Illustrative Test (watch video here)
The above products tested by CPS may passed with other research group or from the manufacturer itself. The CPS followed a standard procedure of their tests.
Based on the tests conducted by CPS, it appears that most of the theses products did not met the standard safety requirements and therefore not safe to use for you pets. CPS recommends to use the passed carriers, crates and harnesses only.