In 2015, Subaru teamed up with the Center for Pet Safety to test a variety of dog crates and carriers for crash safety. This partnership crash-tested dozens of crates and carriers to decide which are the safest for pets.
Here are their top picks:
Top Crate: Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate With 8’ Tie Down Straps
According to the 2015 study, the Gunner Kennels crate outperformed other crates in its class. Thanks to the amazingly strong connection straps included, the crate was able to withstand severe crash impacts and protect pets from crash-related forces produced during the crash testing. Additionally, the kennel offers a two-fold locking system that offers an impressive amount of structural support for the crate’s door, which means that it is able to withstand impact and hold its shape in the event of an accident. Additionally, when the crate’s anchor straps were tightened, the crate’s unique rubber feet were able to adhere securely to the carpet, which decreases movement and helps the crate stay in place in the event of a crash.
Top Carrier: PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection
For safety-minded pet parents who want a carrier option for their pet, the PetEgo carrier is the way to go. Thanks to its unique ISOFIX-Latch Connection, the carrier is capable of clipping into place much like a child’s car seat. This feature helps the carrier stay secure in the event of a crash and ensures that the carrier helps keep the dog safe and in place, even under extreme crash forces.
Top Carrier: Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock
Ideal for pet parents who want a bed option for their dog, this Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed System straps to a car’s seat and secures the pet by means of lap and shoulder belts. According to the 2015 study, this product was able to withstand the severe forces of a high-speed crash without any damage to the product. Additionally, the Sleepypod model took the highest award in the 2013 Center for Pet Safety Harness Crashworthiness Study.
Each of these various carriers and crates is designed with dogs in mind. Thanks to innovative new additions and features, these security systems are designed to prevent injury to dogs and keep them secure in the event of an automotive crash. Because each of these products received awards from the Center For Pet Safety’s 2015 Crates and Carriers Crashworthiness Studies, pet parents can purchase them and rest assured that, with these carriers and crates, their pets will have the best chance of staying safe, secure and restrained in the unfortunate event of a crash. Everyone else in the car wears a seatbelt during trips, so it is only fair that your beloved pet has a safety device of his or her own.
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