Dog Safety in the Car

A good friend recently shared this article with me. The Center for Pet Safety tested several dog harnesses on a 55 pound dummy dog in a 30 mph collision to determine the safest harness. After reading this, I was shocked to read and watch the videos showing pet safety harnesses that not only fail, but fail miserably.

The top harness was the ClickIt made by SleepyPod. Lesley Wolko, CEO of CPS stated ‘This was the only brand that consistently kept the dog on the seat for every test. It prevented the launch of the dogs and prevented side-to-side and fore-and-aft rotation of the dog, and helped keep the spine fairly stable.’ You can watch videos of the results of the ClickIt here.

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The results of the other tested harness brands are:

Kleinmetall Allsafe Harness – “Exhibits integrity; however, allowed test dog to launch off of the seat, risking secondary impact. Tether is adjustable.”
CoverCraft Ruff Rider Roadie – “Exhibits integrity; however, allowed test dog to launch off of the seat, risking secondary impact. Tether is not adjustable.”
RC Pet Products Canine Friendly Crash Tested Harness– “Exhibited hardware integrity problems; however, test dog did not launch off of the seat for sizes small and medium. Failure of size extra large met CPS catastrophic failure definition.”
Bergan Dog Auto Harness – “Exhibited severe harness deformation. Allowed dog to launch, risking secondary impact. Failure of size large met CPS catastrophic failure definition.”
Kurgo Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Harness – “Exhibited tearing of neck strap and harness deformation. Allowed dog to launch, risking secondary impact. Failure of sizes small and large met CPS catastrophic failure definition.”
IMMI PetBuckle – “Exhibited a consistent failure of the stitching of the connection point. Failure of both sizes met CPS catastrophic failure definition.”

 
These four brands failed the preliminary strength test: