I moved this to a new thread, because I think the subject of travel safety is way too important to get lost in a fun photo thread.
In another thread, KarMar wrote:
I hate to be that person, but the picture makes it look like he is in the front seat. I would strongly advise against that. While it might be fun to have him up there with you, a small bump could cause the airbag to go off, something that has caused the death of many dogs, including a family friend's of ours.
You are also absolutely right... if the airbag can't be disabled, it will almost certainly kill a small dog in even a low impact crash, if it deploys. Even if the dog is properly restrained.
But Kodi rode in a crash tested harness in a donut bed in the front seat with me until we got Pixel. A lot of model cars have a shut off on the passenger side airbag if there is less than 50-70 lbs (depending on the make/model) on the seat. I agree that good quality travel crates (NOT wire crates) are the safest place for a dog to be in the car, but I also think that as long as the airbag can be disabled, and the dog is in a quality, crash tested harness, attached DIRECTLY to the seatbelt (no tether) they are relatively safe in the front seat too. No method of restraint is perfect, but ANY form of restraint is better than none.
The first photo is my arrangement for travel now. I would prefer a Variocage, but it won't work in the car I have. I may be getting a Subaru Forester before long, in which case, I WILL upgrade from my RTK's to the Variocage.
The second photo is from a recent car crash reported to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DogSportVehicleIdeas/
(a great page to learn more about vehicle safety for dogs, BTW) The O.P. has given permission for people to share her story so that others can learn from it. The GOOD news is that the humans and dogs in the vehicle all survived. The bad news is the shape these crates are in. It COULD have not ended so well. There have been other people who have shown photos in the past of crashes with wire crates. The crates and the dogs inside them sustained much more damage than in this crash.
Another important, easy and INEXPENSIVE thing that people overlook is to have information on your dog(s) easily seen and accessible in your vehicle. The PVC tube that you can see between my crates is one way of doing it, but another easy way is to get a clear pencil holder meant to go on the rings of a 3 ring binder. You can put all your dogs' emergency information in that, and attach it to your crate with a zip tie. We tend to forget that in a serious crash there is a possibility that we won't be conscious. We need to have the information available so that first responders know what to do with our dogs.