100% Failure Rate for Dog Restraints

February 21, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Using a 55-pound fake dog, the Center for Pet Safety’s recent study shows a 100-percent failure rate for all large dog restraints tested. Similar to the way auto makers use crash-test dummies, the organization strapped the crash-test dog into various pet restraints and simulated a car collision traveling at 30 miles per hour. The fake dog did not fare so well, and the Center for Pet Safety says that none of the products tested were effective at protecting pets in the event of a crash. Researchers also say that not only would dogs be unlikely to survive an accident, but the restraints could potentially harm dogs by choking or squeezing them when the harnesses tightened.

The study did not reveal the manufacturers of the restraints that were tested, but the center did disclose that they are working closely with Subaru to raise the testing standards and help companies improve pet restraints.

Click here for more information about the study and to see videos of the crash-test simulations: http://centerforpetsafety.org/research/

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