Warning: 86% of Car Pet Restraints Fail CPS Crash Tests
We feed them only the best, buy them outfits to suit any weather condition and even purchase mini ramps to ensure they can safely make it up onto our beds at night. And when we yell “who wants to go for a car ride”, don’t we just love it when they race around excitedly? So why are we content to toss them onto the backseat and take off without proper restraints?
The experts at the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) have voiced these same concerns and are disturbed by not only those pets allowed to bounce around in back untethered, but those that are restrained with devices that are completely ineffective.
It seems that many of the safety restraint units sold in pet stores today failed miserably when it came to safeguarding the dummy puppies used in CPS’ mock crash tests. In fact, 25 of the 29 products tested (that’s 86.21 percent), failed in one way or another and as a non-profit watchdog group looking out for the interests of pets and pet parents alike, CPS feels owners should be screaming about this.
CEO Lindsey Wolko cites as part of the root cause the fact that “pet products are not defined as consumer products by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, so they bypass any kind of any oversight or regulation.” The American Pet Products Association declined a request for an interview or comment on the findings; however they did offer up that they “back car safety restraints”.
Wolko further commented to TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen. “If you get into an accident and one of these products fails, it puts you, your family members and it puts other drivers on the road at risk.”
Backing this up is Dr. Flaura Winston of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “In the event of a crash they (pets) can be a projectile hurting everyone, including themselves. “She advises: “Keep your pets restrained on every trip.”
So if the majority of safety restraint products failed, which ones worked? The products that CPS found to be top performers are:
- Sleepypod Clickit Utility
- Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate with Strength Rated Anchor Straps
- Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock
- PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection
Watch the shocking video of the crash tests below – it’ll make you think twice before getting into the car with Fido without one of the restraints that made a passing grade.
[Source: Today Show]
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