Sleepypod still from 12 pound crash test
This second part of Car Safety For Pets covers the soft-sided carriers that have passed the Center For Pet Safety's crash tests to date. Soft-sided carriers are hand or shoulder bags intended for humans to carry small to medium size pets. Each carrier specifies its own weight limit, generally no more than 20 pounds.
Most soft-sided carriers can be used to restrain pets when fastened to car safety belts. Some carriers, like Sleepypod carriers, have special handles and hardware that make their carriers more secure in a car. But, regardless of the manufacturer's intention to make car-safe products, they are not necessarily tested, their test results may not be publicly reported, and the carriers may not stand up to the tough tests conducted by the non-profit Center For Pet Safey's (CPS), which essentially have the same criteria for child safety seats.
CPS is the only non-profit testing agency for pet products in the U.S. Subaru of America, well-known for its concern for pet welfare, both in and out of cars, gave support to the CPS crash tests. Just so you can see what the tests are like, here is a video of the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed going through the rigors of a safety test - this one conducted by a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) contracted facility.
Here are the only 4 soft-sided carriers that have passed the CPS tests to date - all made by Sleepypod!
The Sleepypod Air fits pets up to 17.5 pounds
The Sleepypod Atom holds pets up to 12 pounds
The Sleepypod Mini with PPRS Handilock (for pets up to 7 pounds)
The Sleepypod Mini (holds dogs and cats up to 7 pounds) passed the CPS test with the use of the PPRS Handilock (image below). Make sure that your Sleepypod Mini comes with the PPRS Handilock before purchasing.
Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock (for pets up to 15 pounds)
The Center For Pet Safety is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization and relies on contributions for testing a variety of products in the pet industry, which is largely unregulated. If you would like to make a donation to this organization, please visit this page.
With appreciation to Lindsey A. Wolko, co-founder of The Center For Pet Safety.
If you are interested in the results of other car safety products for your dog, please read