Dog Car Travel is Getting a Safety Overhaul

New crash test protocol and ratings system will standardize car safety for dogs.

Center for Pet Safety introduces new crash test protocol and ratings systems to standardize car safety for dogs.

Car accidents are scary affairs. At the very minimum they provide a nuisance, at the maximum, serious injury, or even death. We humans have taken measures to protect ourselves through seatbelts and airbags, but oftentimes, our pets’ well-being is not similarly secured.

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The Center for Pet Safety has looked to remedy this situation by establishing the Safety Harness Crash Test Protocol and Rating System. The hope is to ensure the safety of both humans and pets through standardized guidelines. 

The system came about as a result of the 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study, also conducted by The Center for Pet Safety.

“[We] took great care evaluating the data returned from our 2013 study to understand what safety harness products should do to protect life,” says Center for Pet Safety founder, Lindsey Wolko.



Crash Test Dog



The organization will be accepting pre-orders from test facilities on a limited production run of 2.1 CPS Crash Test Dogs, which tests the safety of pet harnesses in the event of crashes.

Though testing is voluntary, it is highly recommended that product manufacturers participate, and strive for a Safety-Certified Seal on their product packaging. Wolko is keener than ever to establish accountability for pet welfare.


Dog in car harness



“Pet product manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that these safety devices protect human life and provide the best chance of survival to the pet in the case of an accident.”

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