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I was under impression Solvit was redesigned since 2013.(The caption for the video mentioned has the word "original" inserted. The current version has a 2015 crash test on its website...how reliable this test was (done by some other testing company) isn't clear.) This from dogster article discussing the issue. i think the quote from Solvit re the best is a crate restrained by teters on floor is correct but better to use something when that is not possible. When we use the Solvit harness in other cars where no crate is possible, it is definitely safer than the harnesses which attach to the collor or thru a lead attached to seatbelt.
"Sleepypod isn’t the only company that has recently redesigned its product, though. After seeing how its dog harnesses performed in the 2013 crash testing, Solvit Products started extensive testing to strengthen its restraint.
Patrick Hoffman, owner and president of Solvit Products, explains, “There is quite a bit of engineering that goes into it [designing a harness]. We might have spent $50,000 on testing. We went through many many iterations of redesign on this product to get the strength higher.”
Hoffman points out that the safest way for your dog to travel in the vehicle is in a travel crate tethered to the floorboard. If that isn’t possible, then the harness-style restraint is the next best thing. Solvit’s Deluxe Car Seat Harness allows for different levels of safety based on an owner’s overall goal. If the consumer wants to go beyond restraining for driver distraction, they can add a three point attachment accessory for a safer ride for their pup. A crash test video of a 75-pound dummy dog using the Deluxe Car Seat Harness with the LATCH attachments, which are sold separately, on each side of the dog can be found on the company’s website."
So..if you can't use the top line crates that attach to floor, use something!!!
Last edited by Cassandra; 02-09-2017 at 03:25 PM.