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The report from the Center for Pet Safety regarding the safety of pet car harnesses is finally out. The news is good in some ways but not so good in others. Before we give a brief summary of the report, let us remind you that injury to a dog in a car accident is much more likely if they are not harnessed at all. So even though a dog seat belt may have failed the Center for Pet Safety’s standards, something is better than nothing. See our post about what if a dog isn’t restrained in the car.

ClickIt Utility is the Top Performing Dog Seat Belt

The good news is that the ClickIt Utiltiy dog seat belt from Sleepypod is the top performer! It consistently passed all tests for all sizes, kept your dog in the seat, and restricted side-to-side movement. We recently acquired this brand and it is currently available on our retail site, free shipping.

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt kepy my crazy dog Maya in her seat.

These next two brands did not fail, but they didn’t do as well as the ClickIt Utility: Allsafe and Ruff Rider. We have Ruff Rider Roadie available on our site, but not Allsafe.

These next brands failed in some ways, but not all:
– The Canine Friendly from RC Pet failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
– Bergan failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
– The Kurgo Tru-Fit failed at the 25lb and 75lb level but did well for the 45lb level for medium sized dogs.

We have the Bergan and Kurgo brands on our retail site. If the ClickIt Utility and Ruff Rider is a bit out of one’s price range, we suggest the Bergan for small dogs, and the Bergan or Kurgo for medium dogs. I believe Kurgo has just released a new dog seat belt for larger dogs. It is available on Kurgo’s site only at this time.

Pet Buckle failed at all sizes. They have also opted out of test attendance with the Center for Pet Safety. We will be discontinuing this brand.

These brands, which we do not sell, did not make it to the crash test level. The Center for Pet Safety determined their quality was not adequate enough to pass any crash test:  Champion from USA Canine Outfitters, Clix from In the Company of Animals, EZ-Rider from Coastal, and the Pet Safety Harness and Adapter from Snoozer.

For more detailed information, check out the full report from the Center for Pet Safety.

Since the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt is a brand new product, I do not feel that our company made a bad decision in the products we elected to sell. The only one of our products that claimed crash testing and completely failed was the Pet Buckle. When we first started selling Pet Buckle, it was the only brand which used metal buckles. It was innovative at the time. When new companies started arising we added them to our inventory but didn’t stop Pet Buckle. After all, Pet Buckle and the newer brands all made the same pet safety claims.

We’re glad we took up the Ruff Rider brand. And we still like the Bergan and Kurgo brands even though they did not hold up as well as the others. Not everyone is going to be able to afford the nearly $100 price of the ClickIt Utiltiy. Since something is still better than nothing, we will continue to sell the Bergan and Kurgo. However, we will be adding a disclosure regarding the Center for Pet Safety’s report on our site over the next few days.

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5 Responses to “Updated Report from CPS Regarding the Safety of Pet Car Harnesses”

  1. GizmoGeodog:

    Thank you for sharing these updated test results…With so many products out there it’s important to know which ones actually meet their claims…

  2. Donna:

    I think it’s great that their are organizations out there dedicated to testing these harnesses!

  3. Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom:

    Happy to note that there actually is a group of other people concerned about the safety of our pets while in a car with us. And concerned enough to do crash testing on the harnesses submitted for same.

    My only problem with these newer harnesses is that they don’t seem to lend themselves to ANY movement by the dog at all. My Callie has mild to moderate hip dysplasia and is not comfortable in a sitting position for more than a minute or two at a time. She needs to be able to curl up on the back seat. And, while my Shadow also has some dysplasia in her hip, she prefers to be able to lean back against the seat on one side or the other. The current harnesses allow them that freedom. I got them at PetSmart years ago but have no idea what brand they are. I also have a hammock style seat cover on the back seat to keep them from sliding off onto the floor. Without the freedom to curl up on the seat, I know Callie would be extremely unhappy in the car.

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s Mom, You’re absolutely right. Some dogs will just not do well sitting or laying down the entire time. I didn’t even think about the hip dysplasia issue. Thanks for mentioning that. Even though the ClickIt Utility came out on top in the study, other brands fared well.

  5. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Bookmarking this! Great information and food for thought as we decided what to do about restraints.