Until recently, there's been no independent safety testing of car harnesses for dogs - only manufacturers' claims in ads. Now the Center for Pet Safety, an independent nonprofit, reports and names names. Hang on to your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Car Safety Harnesses protect your dog while riding in the car
I have two dogs a shepherd mixed and a chihuahua mixed and safety belts for both. It do keep my larger from traveling from side to side, but I do worry more about my little one that he could get seriously injure, my car is small, but everyone knows small dogs bones are more fragile. They should change the law and make more safety for them to ride. They are our family too.
Ruffwear Load Up™ Harness Vehicle Restraint Harness for Dogs
The Center for Pet Safety conducted the rigorous crash testing on commonly available pet safety restraints using realistic, specially designed, crash test dogs, not live animals. A 55-pound crash dummy dog was used to see how the seat belts would hold up in a collision at 30 miles per hour, patterning the same motor vehicle safety standards used to test child seats. Of the four popular dog car harness brands, none held up in the tests. All of them demonstrated that they either could lead to plausibly serious or fatal injuries for not only the canine but driver, too.
Attaches to existing seatbelts for a universal fit