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Crash testing done on dog Car Harnesses! Sept-Oct 2013

I've been researching car harnesses since I want to purchase one for Maggie this week. Good info on this report. Testing done in Northern VA.*

Finally a non profit study for dog car harnesses. A lot of claims from companies that say they test their harness but Subaru gave the support to a nonprofit group to test the claims. I believe the article says only 11 made it to final testing. I've got to read through the 14 pages on the PDF and decide what car harness to buy. Testing included Small, Medium and Large sizes unless otherwise indicated. Small size did acceptable on some brands but didn't make it to testing phase if the other sizes didn't preform well, too.

I thought other would be interested in the results, too. Jeanne

If the links do not open, google "crash testing dog car harness" look for www.wtop.com

http://www.wtop.com/149/3481470/Whic...ve-a-dogs-life

http://centerforpetsafety.org/wp-con..._rev101113.pdf

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Thanks for the links Jeanne, they are interesting. I was looking at the Sleepypod earlier but the connection requires that you use the two anchor points in the seat which isn't possible if you use a car seat. I took a look at the other products that passed, I think I will look into purchasing one of them when my little one is big enough to fit in one. For now Tim is using a seat belt harness that attaches to the shoulder strap which I guess is better then nothing.

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I agree on the harness locking attachment. Some that passed don't give any slack. Not good when dog wants to shift a little. Even I don't stay still in my seat but I'm always seatbelted in. I would like to try some in stores. I wanted the EZ rider. It passed for small but didn't make it to final testing since medium and large failed.
I guess I'll be harness shopping for what's available.
Mae is adorable. Timmy is fortunate to have a little sis.
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Great study and an interesting read but it doesn't look to apply to most Havanese as the "small" size was a dog 25 lbs. with bigger neck and chest circumferences then most.

Still a step in the right direction to help with making an informed choice.

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Great study and an interesting read but it doesn't look to apply to most Havanese as the "small" size was a dog 25 lbs. with bigger neck and chest circumferences then most.

Still a step in the right direction to help with making an informed choice.
Well...page 4 of the PDF, states the Kurgo was ALSO tested for a 20lb dogs since the size claims saftey UP to 20lbs. You're right, a step in the right direction. But given the stats and diagrams, I would apply information given.
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Just bought these. New for 2014 and they look ok. The crash test is on the website. Got them at DR Fosters for 16.99.Might not be the best but better than what I was using.

http://www.solvitproducts.com/page/p...safety-harness





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Linda,
The harness looks good! Kudos for finding it. I'll look at the one I purchased tonight. I doubles as a walking harness, if need be.
I was just talking with my hubby about my car. It has "10" air bags. It's overkill! I'm going to talk with our car maintenance dept about the air bags and how to transport little Maggie. Probably kennel. I need to find out force of airbags going off, too.
Thanks for the info on the safety harness you purchased.
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Linda,
The harness looks good! Kudos for finding it. I'll look at the one I purchased tonight. I doubles as a walking harness, if need be.
I was just talking with my hubby about my car. It has "10" air bags. It's overkill! I'm going to talk with our car maintenance dept about the air bags and how to transport little Maggie. Probably kennel. I need to find out force of airbags going off, too.
Thanks for the info on the safety harness you purchased.
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Since airbags aren't safe for small children, they are definitely not safe for our little ones!


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Since airbags aren't safe for small children, they are definitely not safe for our little ones!
I TOTALLY agree. It's scary. I've got to find out where the safe spot is in the backseat. I know the front has 3 air bags on each side. That leaves 4 in back. I believe 2 in ceiling and one on each side. Like I said, overkill! with the force of an airbag. I believe the child cars seat buckle is in the middle of back seat. I need to check manual and then ask service dept.
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Sheesh! I never even thought of the side airbags!!! Maybe the car harnesses aren't the way to go..... I can't win!





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