Sleepypod Harness Crash Test
Pet seat belts, car seats, back seat hammocks, and kennels are all intended to prevent our pets from physical harm while in our cars. A sudden stop, a sharp turn, a road bump, or heavens forbid, an accident, have the potential of seriously hurting our pets, so one or more of these pet safety options should be seriously considered. But which ones work?
What brought this subject to mind was a notice I received that a certain car safety belt for dogs was being given away (yes, for free!) to dog owners who had been in recent car accidents while their dogs were harnessed to safety belts. The company's reasoning was that, even if a dog was not hurt in the accident, the dog's seat belt harness should be replaced because it likely received some damage.
I thought, well that's nice of them. But I did some research on the dog seat belt harness being offered. The manufacturer claimed that its seat belt harness was tested. I found that it was tested, but no conclusion was reported, at least not publicly, by the tester or the manufacturer.
Just because a manufacturer states their products are safety tested, doesn't mean that they passed whatever test they took. I checked with the only non-profit pet car safety tester, The Center For Pet Safety® (CPS) and learned that the 'free seat belt' I was researching, which is also being sold, had failed the crash test performed by the Center. In fact, there are only three pet harnesses that passed the CPS car safety tests!
CPS, with support of Subaru of America, has created a rigorous series of pet safety tests which mimic, as you see in the video below, car accidents at various speeds. Most car seat harnesses for pets would probably fail if they all volunteered to go through this rigorous testing. But car accidents are rigorous too, so it might be a good idea to check out which products did pass crash tests.
Below is a video of what the Center's crash test involves, but WARNING: The Center For Pet Safety uses engineered 'test dogs' in a variety of weights and sizes for the crash tests that contain instrumentation that helps determine the effects of impact. Although the dogs are not real, the video can be disturbing; but it's enlightening too!
3 Dog Harnesses That Passed The Center For Pet Safety Tests
Here is a video of the test using a 75 pound dummy dog! It passed! Pretty awesome for a pet harness!
The Clickit Terrain Dog Safety Harness also passed the test for up to 75 pounds.
The ZuGoPet The Rocketeer Pack is specifically designed for dogs under 25 pounds. I covered the ZuGoPet when it was auditioning for SharkTank earlier this year, because it was so different in its design from other dog car safety products. It relies on complete back support for your dog. Here is ZuGoPet's short product video that I think you will find interesting.
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.
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