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Most Car Pet Restraints Fail Crash Tests

It's not uncommon to see pets, especially dogs, going for a car ride with their owners. But some people let their pups hop in the car without being restrained, which is a bad idea. In the event of a crash, the dog can become a projectile, injuring not just itself, but others in the car.

However, a new study out, as reported by Today, finds that the majority of restraints tested do not do a suitable job of keeping your pets safe in the event of an auto accident. In crash tests by the Center for Pet Safety, a nonprofit watchdog group, 25 of 29 products aimed at restraining pets in the car failed to pass.

"Pet owners should be screaming about this," Center for Pet Safety CEO Lindsey Wolko told Today 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."

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Walko noted 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."

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That's a big problem as it allows poor pet restraint products to get onto store shelves and into our shopping baskets. But there were a few products that got the job done. They included:

  • 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

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