– The Daily Dog today reports on some disturbing results generated during testing on the quality of dog harnesses in mock crashes. The NRMA recently completed a study of twenty five commonly used dog harness restraints in cars in Australia. Of the twenty five, only two passed the test during a relatively low speed impact of 35km/h. Even more worryingly, at what is termed a “below crash speed” of 20km/h, the researchers concluded the impact in the collision pictured in this article was still enough to cause serious injury to unrestrained dogs or those restrained by poor quality restraints.
Perhaps worst of all, at the low speed of 20km/h, a 35kg canine crash test dummy became a missile in the car, able to easily cause major injuries to correctly restrained people in the same vehicle. The prime cause of such an “epic fail” of dog harness restraints was the use of cheap plastic buckling, commonly found in children’s backpacks. Such buckles are not designed to withstand the forces of inertia generated in car crashes, and thus unsurprisingly fail as a result.
For those of use who travel with dogs in our cars, such tests are certainly a call to action in the view of the team at pups4sale. The two harness that passed the NRMA tests were the Purina Roadie and the Sleepypod Clickit. We’re sure the sales of both products will skyrocket as a result of the crash tests in question, and rightly so. Both harnesses do not employ the cheap plastic buckling referred to earlier in this article, with the Sleepypod Clickit proving the superior option for large dogs.
It is important to note the use of restraint harnesses are not just encouraged for crash-survivability purposes; they are also important to restrain dogs at other times as well. Forty percent of dog owners admit to having unrestrained dogs in cars, which given the results of the tests in question almost guarantee injury to a dog if not humans as well by the dog becoming a projectile in an accident. Low quality restraints that fail in non-accident situations also can easily distract the driver, resulting in an accident itself. So whether a poor quality restraint fails in an accident or non-accident scenario, the advice is the same; get rid of it and buy a quality restraint – your life and that of your best friend may well depend on it.
(Editor’s note: For accountability’s sake, pups4sale has not sought nor received any financial inducement for the endrosements made in this article; the opinions expressed are ours alone.)