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Well, that review is 6 years old and models have changed significantly since then. So I am not sure how much you can go by that video. But the thing is, if you watch how much the dog's neck and spine are deformed in a crash, even in a harness that keeps the dog in place, I have no confidence that a harness will save the life of a dog in more then the lowest velocity crash. I actually have a friend whose dog was in a high-quality car harness in a car crash. The harness did not break, nor the attachments. But the dog's spine and internal organs were damaged to the point that he had to be humanely euthanized when he arrived at the vet's office.
IMO, ANY crate system that is strapped down in a safe area of the vehicle is better than any harness. Wire crates are the worst. There are a lot of good, safe crate options available now, based on the kind of car you drive, and where the crate will be placed (CAN be placed) in the car. For a single dog, a top quality soft-sided carrier in the middle of the back seat is a wonderful and economical choice.
With multiple dogs and multiple vehicles that they need to go in, we find that Ruff Tough Kennels are a great, not terribly expensive and very versatile option. They all ride in these in our pick-up truck back seat on vacations, and this is Pixel's regular "ride", in the back seat of my Subaru Forester. Panda and Kodi ride in a double Vario-Cage in the back of my Forester, which is a VERY safe option. But this is very expensive, close to immovable (it weighs 80 lbs) and can ONLY be used in an SUV with a bench back seat to rest against. So it is certainly not the best option for everyone. Before I got the Subaru, I used two Ruff Tough Kennels in the back of my Mini Cooper and felt pretty good about that option.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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