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May 25, 2010

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In 2008, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show 28% of drivers and 50% of passengers who were killed in an automobile accident were not wearing their seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, “Seat belts are approximately 50-percent effective at preventing fatality and save approximately 15,000 lives each year.” There is no study or reporting system on the fatality of pets involved in car accidents, but it would be logical to assume that seat belts for dogs can save lives too.I often hear people say that their dog is good in the car. This is usually in response to the idea of seat belts for dogs. While it is great that their dog is unlikely to cause driver distraction, we want people to consider their dog’s safety too. We do it for ourselves and our children, why not our pets?

Seat belts for dogs are more common than they were 10 years ago. They are also less expensive and better quality. Pet Buckle makes seat belts for dogs which have actually been crash tested. Seat belts for dogs can help with not only saving your dog’s life in a car accident, but they can also help by keeping your dog from being able to distract the driver.

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