How safe is your pet when he’s in a crate or a carrier in the back of your car? According to a recent study, he’s either reasonably safe from injury or he’s about to be launched into the backseat of your vehicle.
Subaru of America and the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety have released the results of their Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies, and the results are either reassuring or terrifying, depending on the brand of crate that your pet’s in. Not all available crates and carriers were tested. For those selected, see the summary of the results for the crates and carriers.
The top performing crate was the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps (which had “superior” test results) and the top carriers were both the Pet Ego Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock. The dog-shaped crash test dummies remained safely in those carriers after impact.
To test the crashworthiness of the crates and carriers, Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety have contracted with the MGA Research Corporation, an independent — but official — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing lab, which simulates real crash conditions using carefully designed canine crash test dummies.
The stuffed dogs are “designed to approximate the size and weight of real dogs while providing vital baseline performance data,” according to a press release.
“We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” Michael McHale, the director of corporate communications for Subaru said in the release. “Alongside Center for Pet Safety, we are proud to help lead the charge in identifying the best crates and carriers for pet lovers everywhere, while, more importantly, making pet parents aware of the safety measures they can take and the dangers that can occur if they don’t.”