In researching car safety, I found out the crash test done for the solvet deluxe harness was rigged. If you watch the video, they attached the dog at it's waist. According to the article, the harness actually breaks apart in the test.
I just ordered 2 of the sleepypod cricket sports harnesses. The color I wanted is back ordered until late June. I like this harness because it can be used as a walking harness too. My only problem is I can't find a safe harness for 6.5 pound bella. Clickit and RC don't make anything small enough. I am so frustrated. I hope her solvet will work in a crash
Here is the article:
The problem is that if a dog is thrown around the way it is in those crash tests, I really don't believe that even the Cricket is going to save it from (at least) severe neck injuries, if not death. Yes, it may prevent the dog from hitting a front seat passenger, but when you see the deformation of the dummy at the neck, especially knowing that a SINGLE SHAKE from a big dog can break a small dog's spine, I still put MOST of my faith on defensive driving. I DO believe that having the dog restrained in some way is definitely safer for both the dog and the passengers. But at the force used in these crash tests? I doubt ANY harness is going to help.
The safest transport option, IMO, is the Variocage. But they START at $850 plus shipping, AND are dependent on where the crumple zones are in your specific car. In many hatchbacks and SUV's (just the kind of car most often used with these crates) the hatch is part of the crumple zone to keep the passenger area safe.
Personally, much as I love them, I can't afford two $850+ crates for my dogs, and they wouldn't fit in my current car anyway.
Right now, Pixel rides in a varikennel crate, in the hatch and she will probably continue to do that. Kodi is used to riding next to me, (airbag disabled) and currently is in a Solvit harness. I'll probably upgrade to this Cricket, but I honestly am not at all sure that it would keep him safe in the kind of crash they show in the testing.